Private Sector Moving on Climate Change

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  Yesterday, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), in partnership with NOAA’s National Climate Data Center, took a major step in trying to transmit data on a changing climate to a high level business audience. (Pictured above, representatives from CICS, Duke Energy (including Heath Shuler), and the Center for Law Environment, Adaptation and […]
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Beshear asks EPA to rethink proposed coal regs

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Gov. Steve Beshear is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed greenhouse gas regulations that he said would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants.
Categories: Coal
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Coal’s record slump poised to end on output cuts

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European coal’s longest slump in at least eight years is poised to end as imports from the U.S. fall and further declines trigger production cuts at mines in Russia and Poland.
Categories: Coal
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Commentary: Environmentalists are hurting the US economy

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Last month, Earth Day came and went. Perhaps you missed hearing about it. For 2013, the theme was “The Face of Climate Change.” Other than a change in the Post Office cancellation mark on your letters from the usual wavy lines, to the four stick-like wind turbines and a sun symbol, there was little note of what was once an event celebrated by 20 million Americans.
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 […]
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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.