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In Iowa energy primary, King Coal loses out to Wind Power

Clean tech fans know Iowa as one of the epicenters of US wind energy development, but the state still leans heavily on coal for power generation. Well, not for long. Newly minted Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds took office on an energy innovation platform and it looks like she wants the state to ditch coal, clean […]

June 12th

Market forces are NOT with Trump. They’re with clean energy.

You want numbers proving that Trump is on the wrong side of history when it comes to climate change, the Paris agreement, and the battle between clean energy and dirty coal? We’ve got numbers for you. By Jeremy Bloom Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy […]

June 1st

Energy Dept trolls Trump by pushing clean energy projects

CleanTechnica is trying to track the rapidfire Trump-trolling emitted by the US Energy Department, but it’s hard to keep up. Despite the coal-positive rhetoric of President Trump, his own agency has been relentlessly pounding out  mountains of good news about renewables. Among the flood of news this week, two items broke through the clutter: a […]

India cancels 14 GW of new coal plants. Nobody wants coal but Trump.

The transformation of India’s electricity market continues to deliver, as shown this month by the cancellation of 13.7 gigawatts of proposed coal-fired power plants, an admission that 8.6 gigawatts of operating coal is already non-viable, and the parallel move of ever-decreasing solar costs helped along by the country’s record low solar tariffs. By Joshua S […]

May 25th

China Shows Why Renewable Energy Is The Future, Not Coal

The problem with change is it takes so damned long to get here. China built its incredible industrial might by using thousands of cheap laborers to build cheaply-fueled coal-powered generating plants. Then it reaped the whirlwind – of air that was unsafe to breathe. Now it is focused on renewable energy. By Steve Hanley  Carbon […]

May 23rd

EPA victory – SCOTUS won’t block mercury rules for coal power plants

By Meteor Blades Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of those challenging the Obama administration’s rule establishing its mercury and air toxics standard (MATS). The court majority decided in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency that the EPA had failed to consider the costs of compliance before it finalized the rule. But the court did not throw out the […]

June 13th

Failing coal CEOs rake in big bonuses as they screw workers

By Meteor Blades The advocacy group Public Citizen released a report Tuesday showing how top executives for three giant coal companies got large compensation boosts even as they laid off workers and cut their benefits. The three companies—Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources—are all continuing their operations under Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings. Over the past few years, […]

May 20th

Big coal is dying – NW rejects zombie mega-mine

By Mary Anne Hitt Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign Let’s start this victory column with a staggering number: For years Arch Coal had its eyes set on mining upwards of 1.3 billion tons of coal from Montana’s Otter Creek coal reserves – a move that would create the largest new coal strip […]

March 15th

Bankrupt coal company gives fat bonuses to execs, kills worker pensions

By Meteor Blades Much is made of the “war on coal” in some circles, but the war on coal miners is mostly ignored. That war, of course, has been going on for more than a century in various forms. Company “gun-thugs” once battled unions with bullets, and company lawyers fought black lung legislation with pens and lobbying. Later, they did the same […]

February 16th