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Big Banks Propping Up Coal Industry to the Tune of $89 Billion

December 13, 2014 by Justin Guay

Banks and Coal Financing

As the nations of the world meet in Lima, Peru this week at the annual COP climate negotiations to address climate disruption, it's the large banks and their financial support for the coal industry that are causing widespread, but under-reported, systemic destruction.[read more]

Australian-Japanese Coal 'Partnership' and Why Global Coal is Here to Stay

October 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Global Coal and the Future

Recently, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned at the opening of the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland against the “demonization of coal.” Abbott stressed that “coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future.[read more]

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

October 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Funding and Human Rights

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.[read more]

Still No Sign of the Rational Middle?

October 20, 2014 by David Hone

Energy and Politics

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future."[read more]

King Coal Deposed in West, but Reigns in East

August 4, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Changing Coal Consumption

In the United States, coal consumption has been flat to declining for the past 20 years. Just since 2007, US coal consumption has fallen by more than 20%. This is the primary reason the US leads all countries in reducing carbon dioxide emissions over that same time period.[read more]

Geology and Markets, not EPA, Waging War on Coal

June 10, 2014 by Zane Selvans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]