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Some Perspective on the US EPA Carbon Regulations

June 4, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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EPA Standards and Innovation

The bottom line of the new EPA emissions rules is that the regulations are an important step to help motivate the electricity generating sector to move closer to the technological frontier. There will of course be winners and losers, and thus heavy politics.[read more]

Krugman: Climate Action Is 'Remarkably Cheap,' New EPA Rules Would Give 'U.S. Economy A Boost'

June 1, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Action at Low Cost

What would be the cost to the U.S. of moderate carbon pollution reductions, such as the emissions standards for existing power plants that the EPA will be announcing shortly? It’s a question that we always had to answer since the EPA is legally obligated to issue rules regulating CO2.[read more]

Indonesian Community Leaders Arrested For Coal Activism

May 12, 2014 by Justin Guay

As two community leaders who are fighting the Batang coal plant in Indonesia are beginning their seven-month prison sentence this week in Indonesia, there are thousands of coal activists activists that are participating in protests in solidarity.[read more]

New Ads Reveal Coal Isn't Cheap in Kosovo

May 10, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Kosovo Coal Costs

825 is the number of Kosovars the World Bank estimates die every year due to pollution from coal-fired power plants. But instead of helping Kosovo transition to clean energy, and despite its own estimates of coal's deadly cost, the World Bank and the U.S. Government are pushing for a new coal plant.[read more]

Bullets Can't Stop India's Heroes

April 30, 2014 by Justin Guay
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India Elections and Energy

Indian economic development is at a critical juncture. From slowing economic growth to the depreciating rupee to widespread disgust with rampant corruption, India's current model has failed to provide a realistic, prosperous future for its people.[read more]

Coal Supplies at Electric Power Plants Drawn Down in Cold Weather

March 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Supply Draw Down

The average supply of coal fuel held in reserve at electric power generators in December 2013 dropped below sixty days worth of burn (a function of both inventory levels and anticipated consumption) for the first time since summer 2011.[read more]

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 1

March 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Economics are increasingly favoring investment in renewable energy at the expense of dirty coal energy. As the price of solar dips, the domestic demand for coal wanes and a growing number of companies are eager to get out of their investments in aging coal plants.[read more]

EIA Increases Short-Term Coal Retirement Prediction by 50%

February 20, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Short-Term Coal Retirement

Coal retirements are happening, and fast, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2014 Annual Energy Outlook reference case. EIA’s latest prediction that about 60 gigawatts of coal will retire by 2016 is up from about 40 gigawatts that it predicted just last year.[read more]

A Lesson For Dr. Kim And The World Bank As It Ponders The Kosovo Coal Project

January 28, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Kosovo Coal and the World Bank

When Dr. Kim, President of the World Bank, and leaders of other international financial institutions ponder funding new coal power projects this year - like the one in Kosovo - there's one word that should be seared into their memories: Sostanj.[read more]

Spending Bill Shouldn't Change US Funding for Overseas Coal Projects

January 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The U.S. budget bill takes the right steps toward restoring health and environmental safeguards for the American people and thanks to efforts by Democratic leaders key domestic climate action isn’t curtailed. But the bill includes some wrongheaded riders.[read more]

An Uptick in US Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Utilities Use More Coal

January 17, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

US Emissions Up

Finalizing its 2013 report on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects an increase of 2 percent for the year, the first in three years. Over the longer term, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been in a downtrend, one that the EIA expects will continue.[read more]

Pakistan Coal Power Plant Gets Public Funding: Will This Be Last Coal Plant Funded by the Asian Development Bank?

December 13, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Coal Plants and Public Funding

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to fund a new coal plant, using public resources. While the Board of the ADB approved the $900 million plant in Pakistan, the Board vote came with a huge amount controversy including the first no vote of the U.S. on a coal power plant.[read more]

Important Test of Overseas Coal Funding Restrictions: Pakistan Coal Plant Set for Vote

December 11, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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The recent commitments to end public funding of overseas coal projects are set to come up for their first important test. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to vote on whether it will provide $900 million in funding for a new coal power plant in Pakistan.[read more]

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama's Climate Plan Test

December 2, 2013 by Justin Guay
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Kosovo Coal Plant

President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for new coal plants overseas. His pledge would end public funds - our taxpayer dollars - flowing to new coal plants.[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]