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Geology and Markets, not EPA, Waging War on Coal

June 10, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Geology, Markets, and Coal

 

Despite the passionate rhetoric from both sides of the climate divide, the proposed EPA rules are very moderate — almost remedial. The rules grade the states on a curve, giving each a tailored emissions target meant to be attainable without undue hardship.[read more]

Fracking's War on Coal

Coal's share of electricity generation went from over 50 percent in 2005 to less than 40 percent today. While global coal continues to rise, the US is at present leaving much of our coal in the ground. Meanwhile, estimates of recoverable natural gas reserves in the United States have nearly doubled.[read more]

Coal India Abandons Share Offer Amongst Growing Investor Skepticism

February 13, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy and Investor Skepticism

 

Three years of waiting can turn into an eternity for a coal company. In October of 2010, Coal India, then the world's largest coal miner, was generally seen as one of the most valuable equity investments in the world of emerging economies.[read more]

Coal's Fantasy Island: Carbon Pollution its "One and Only"

January 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A New York Times article recently highlighted the increasing concerns major corporations are having about the growing threat of climate change to their bottom line. Business leaders are seeing carbon pollution affect their supply chains, resources, and financial risk.[read more]

Another Global Financial Institution Moves Beyond Coal

December 15, 2013 by Justin Guay
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It's official: International financial institutions (IFIs) don't see any place for coal in a 21st-clean energy economy. Earlier this year, two of the world's largest IFIs, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB), announced their first historic restrictions on coal financing.[read more]

European Coal Use Declines 8 Percent in First Half of 2013

December 12, 2013 by Justin Guay
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EU Coal Use

You've probably heard a lot of noise about a coal resurgence in Europe. Earlier this year my colleagues and I tried to sift the fact from the fiction to tell you what's really going on, a long-term decrease in coal use in the EU. It turns out we were wrong. It's actually happening now.[read more]

Coal Workers Deserve Green Jobs and a Clean Energy Future

November 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Several weeks ago, I attended a House hearing on “EPA’s Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities.” There were a number of witnesses from coal industries, and the audience was populated mostly by coal workers wearing “End the War on Coal” t-shirts.[read more]

Carbon Capture and Storage is Coal's Pipe-Dream

November 20, 2013 by Kevin Grandia
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A new study released recently at the UN climate conference underway in Warsaw, Poland finds that new coal plants cannot be built if we are to keep global warming below the 2° Celsius threshold. That is, unless the coal industry can deploy commercial-scale carbon capture and storage.[read more]

In Poland, Christiana Figueres Must Tell the World To Move Beyond Coal

November 20, 2013 by Justin Guay
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Coal and COP 19

Imagine going to the lung doctor, opening the door to the operation room and finding a cigarette salesman waiting for you. That's exactly the greeting the ministers arriving to the UN climate summit in Poland next week will receive from the Polish government.[read more]

New Unabated Coal is Not Compatible with Keeping Global Warming Below 2°C

November 19, 2013 by Mark Jaccard
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I have written frequently to explain how dramatic expansion of unconventional oil like bitumen in Canada is found by all leading international analysts to be inconsistent with the two degree limit our political leaders promise to strive for. The same is true for any expansion of coal-fired power plants.[read more]

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Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 3

November 6, 2013 by John Miller
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US Coal Transition

Most existing U.S. Coal Power can be replaced by new Wind and Solar Power, which will substantially reduce future U.S. carbon emissions. These changes and improvements will also significantly impact Consumer power costs and involve significant environmental trade-offs.[read more]

Uncertainty and Investment: The Real Danger to the Coal Industry

October 28, 2013 by Elias Hinckley
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Coal and Uncertainty

Uncertainty over how the Environmental Protection Agency regulation of CO2 emissions from power plants will effect the economics of coal-fired generation in the U.S. has reduced investment interest in new coal generation to effectively zero.[read more]

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Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 2

October 21, 2013 by John Miller
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Coal Shutdown Impact

Developing EPA regulations can substantially reduce future and eventually current Coal Power Plants’ carbon emissions. What are the more optimal solutions to minimizing costs and maximizing benefit impacts of shutting down most future U.S. Coal Power generation capacity?[read more]

Energy Risk: India's Coal Bubble

October 18, 2013 by Justin Guay
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A few short years ago the assumption that coal demand was essentially endless in China and India was seen as irrefutable. Now this 'coal consensus' is breaking as analysts from Citi Bank to Bernstein predict a rapidly approaching peak in Chinese coal demand.[read more]

Lessons From the Beginning of the End of America's Coal Industry

August 28, 2013 by Elias Hinckley
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Looking at some lessons from the coal industry's failures in the U.S. market. An industry that dominated a large portion of the energy landscape is now struggling to slow an inevitable decline. What caused this and, importantly, what can others learn from the coal industry's decline.[read more]