Category: Coal

Coal company files for bankruptcy

In the latest signs of coal’s decline, a Midwestern company files for bankruptcy just as coal is dethroned as the nation’s leading power producer.  More »

CBO: Future bleak for carbon-cutting technology

Despite the goverment’s $6.9 billion investment in emissions-cutting technology in coal power plants, carbon capture and storage isn’t gaining traction, the CBO reported.  More »

DC Circuit Rejects All Challenges to PSD greenhouse gas regulation. What Now?

Yesterday the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issues a stinging rebuke to state and industry challengers’ petition to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, and extending that regulation to prevention of significant detioration for major stationary sources. The unanimous decision stated that the EPA’s endangerment […]  More »

Perfect storm sinking coal-fired generation, report says

A perfect storm of lower natural gas prices, new emission rules and weak national demand for electricity is causing many utility companies to ditch coal-fired power generation, according to a new report.  More »

Coal-generated electricity hits historic low

Coal’s popularity in the power industry has hit its lowest level since at least 1973, generating 34 percent of the electricity in March.  More »

Craigslist ad offers people $50 to wear pro-coal T-shirt

A Craigslist advertisement offered Chicago residents $50 and a free lunch to attend an Environmental Protection Agency meeting while wearing a pro-coal industry T-shirt, according to a now-deleted ad.  More »

BLM rejects permit for methane bacteria project

Federal land managers have rejected an application by a Colorado company to use bacteria to produce methane from northeast Wyoming coal beds.  More »

IEA: U.S. emissions plummeting on greater use of natural gas

The power sector’s switch from coal to natural gas generation has caused major reductions in CO2 emissions, the International Energy Agency says.  More »

Texas judge: Coal permit won’t stand up in court

State environmental regulators did not follow federal guidelines when they issued an air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant on the Gulf Coast, and a Texas judge indicated the paperwork is too flawed for construction to begin.  More »

Report: Carbon capture not growing fast enough to reduce CO2 pollution

Analysis by the Worldwatch Institute found that global spending on carbon capture and storage technology has stagnated, at $23.5 billion.  More »

Coal exports surge to highest level since 1991

Government data show U.S. coal exports reached their highest level in two decades last year as strong overseas demand offered an outlet for a fuel that’s falling from favor at home.  More »

Americans back range of energy policies, with partisan splits

A majority of Americans support a range of energy and environmental policies from more oil drilling to federal funding for renewables to regulations that curb pollution, albeit with significant partisan differences, according to a new Gallup poll.  More »
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