Atlanta Businessman Ted Turner gains funding for his solar ambitions, while Atlanta-based Southern hedges against the risk of clean power biting into a business based largely on burning fossil fuels across its four-state region. Photographer Jay Mallin/Bloomberg

Ted Turner taking coal funds to create solar odd couple

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They’re unlikely business partners: a billionaire environmentalist and one of the largest coal-burners in the U.S.
Categories: Coal, Solar
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

King coal losing crown as U.S. gains energy independence

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After working 37 years in the coal mines of West Virginia, Ronny Justice punctuates his sentences with coughs. He lost his job a year ago, leaving him without health insurance just as he’s battling the early stages of black-lung disease.
Categories: Coal, Shale
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Ky. plant to make fertilizer from coal byproducts

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Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators are visiting a Louisville power plant Monday morning to unveil a new recycling facility that will turn the byproducts of coal-burning into agricultural fertilizer.
Categories: Coal

Flatt out environmental comments on the last few months of the greenhouse gas regulatory world

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It has been a while since my last blog post. In the climate change legal world, most of what has happened in the past few months has been of the utilitarian, and not the showy variety. California continues to implement its Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) and has already held two auctions of the […]
(AP file photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mine construction halted on low coal demand

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Haystack Coal Co. has suspended construction of a coal mine in southwestern Wyoming, blaming poor demand for coal.
Categories: Coal
A BNSF Railway locomotive (BNSF Railway photo)

Environmentalists battle coal railcars

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Environmental groups in Washington State are threatening legal action against rail cars carrying coal dust, alleging that the coal dust is causing environmental damage.
A house-sized dump truck hauls dirt and rock in March 2013 at the Black Thunder coal mine in northeast Wyoming's Powder River Basin near Wright, Wyo., source of almost 40 percent of the nation's coal production. The federal government says it is withholding $110 million in mineral payments to 36 states as a result of automatic spending cuts that took effect this month. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

Government cuts mineral payments to 35 states

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Wyoming faces the biggest cut — at least $53 million over the next five months.
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Tribe: Nevada coal plant falsified pollution data

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Representatives of an Indian tribe fighting to force the closure of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas said Wednesday they uncovered evidence that from 2006 to 2011, the state’s dominant electric utility submitted “phony” reports to the state about pollution levels near the plant, and avoided any penalty when the problem was discovered.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Los Angeles aims to go coal-free

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is taking steps to wean its dependence on coal by the middle of next decade.
Categories: Coal, Electricity
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pa. pushes drillers to fracture with coal mine water

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Each day, 300 million gallons of polluted mine water enters Pennsylvania streams and rivers, turning many of them into dead zones unable to support aquatic life. At the same time, drilling companies use up to 5 million gallons of fresh water for every natural-gas well they frac.