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Drain the swamp: Trump and Pruitt want to fill the EPA with oil and coal lobbyists

Every week, another decision that endangers our families seems to come out of Scott Pruitt’s and Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latest facepalm/outrage comes in the form of confirmation hearings that start this week for four completely unacceptable nominees to critical leadership positions at EPA. By Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign […]

September 20th

Bye-bye, coal. As market forces shut coal plants, US nears CO2 goals

Regardless of who is in the White House, a new Sierra Club analysis has found dramatic reductions in carbon pollution from the U.S. electric sector are moving full speed ahead and will continue to grow, putting U.S. Paris climate targets within reach despite Trump’s intentions to exit the Paris Agreement. By Bruce Nilles and Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal […]

September 15th

Cutting coal plants could save US consumers $10 billion per year

Phasing out unprofitable coal plants in the United States could end up saving consumers $10 billion per year by 2021, while simultaneously boosting the country’s competitiveness. By Joshua S Hill  The new report from financial think-tank Carbon Tracker, No Country for Coal Gen: Below 2°C and Regulatory Risk for US Coal Power Owners, is the first study of […]

September 15th

Court says Utah’s national parks deserve dirty, hazy coal-polluted air. Thanks, Pruitt.

A federal appeals court Monday granted the Trump regime’s request to stop implementation of an Obama era Environmental Protection Agency plan requiring new pollution controls at two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in Utah. By Meteor Blades The plan was designed as part of the EPA’s “regional haze rule” promulgated under the 1990 Clean Air […]

September 12th

DOE Grid Study provides insight, despite controversy

The U.S. Energy Department’s much-discussed grid study, released this week amid a swirl of pre-publication controversy, offers a thoughtful and empirically based approach to examining current and future issues facing the electric grid. There’s insights here for Congress and the Trump administration’s executive agenda, and it provides a starting point for a civil dialogue on electricity […]

August 26th

World’s mining companies generating $16 billion in emissions costs

The world’s major publicly-listed mining companies are generating up to $16 billion in emissions costs by passing the climate risk down their value chain, and are exposed to up to 30 times more emissions by passing down the buck. By Joshua S Hill  These are the key findings from a new report published by CDP (formerly […]

August 26th

Grid report: Perry cut the facts, left fossil fuel propaganda

Late Wednesday, Trump’s Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a controversial grid report in an effort to pressure market operators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and utilities to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants by forcing electricity customers to pay more for their expensive electricity. But the facts throughout the report don’t support […]

August 24th

China halts 150 gigawatts of new coal plants. Nobody wants coal but Trump

The Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday that China had halted construction on a total of 150 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power generation capacity between 2016 and 2020 — the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan period. Xinhua reported on a statement released by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which stated that “New capacity will […]

August 18th

Let’s stop Pruitt from letting coal plants dump toxins in your water

This week, I was honored to stand in Washington, D.C. alongside community and environmental leaders from 10 states to oppose Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt’s continuing efforts to weaken  clean water protections against coal plant pollution. We started the day with a press conference at the National Press Club, where I called on Trump and Pruitt to […]

August 2nd

Wind & Solar: GE Exec says legacy coal and nuclear cost too much

Many people don’t realize solar energy and wind energy are cheap because they have a price stuck in their head from 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or even just 3 years ago. As much as we at CleanTechnica repeat the fact that wind and solar are often the cheapest option for new electricity capacity, people in the general […]

August 2nd

Clean coal – Coal company owner admits it’s a dirty lie

Robert Murray is the CEO of Murray Energy, America’s largest privately-owned coal-mining company. He has met  with #FakePresident Donald Trump on several occasions to advise him on how to put coal miners back to work. He is one of the people who helped craft the message from Mitch McConnell and others in Washington that “clean […]

July 25th

Major US coal hauler speaks truth to Trump: Fossil fuels are DEAD

Talk about buzz kill! Right in the middle of the Trump Administration’s “Made in America Week” publicity event, The Financial Times reports that iconic US railroad company CSX is not planning to buy new locomotives to haul additional coal — and it is laying off 700 workers at various facilities, too. Adding insult to injury, the company’s CEO […]

July 20th