So … that was fast. US natural gas stakeholders barely had time to congratulate themselves for pushing coal out of the power generation market, and it looks like karma is already getting the last laugh. Low-cost renewable energy is beginning to nudge natural gas aside. In the most recent and striking development, California’s massive 262-megawatt […]
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It’s been another rough week for the US effort to transition to a low-carbon economy and minimize its impact on the environment, with Donald Trump proclaiming his support for “clean coal,” while his Administration took aim at renewable energy and official acknowledgement of the phrase “climate change.” By Joshua S Hill Every now and then I […]
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 […]
Investing in the technology for “Clean Coal” never made sense. Ten years ago, when coal was still cheaper than natural gas and renewables, coal boosters saw it as a way to keep the mines open for a little while longer. But we’ve always known that wind and solar would come down in price as mass adoption […]
No matter how much Big Coal tries to reassure us that they’re perfectly safe, this week it became clear that coal trains – to export US coal to China! – should not be part of our clean energy future. Three derailments happened this past week, including one that caused at least two deaths. Why now? […]
“ “Carbon sequestration” seems like a good idea: Instead of pumping CO2 into the air, why not liquefy it and pump it into the ground? This is one of the linchpins of clean coal. If we do that, we can keep burning coal and natural gas, we don’t get global warming and nobody has to […]
With ‘clean coal’ and nuclear power likely to play a larger-than-expected role in climate change legislation, are we heading for an iceberg? Literally, no–they’re all melting. Figuratively, maybe…
An archive of my Big Coal cartoons. The pen is mightier than the sword (but probably not as mighty as the multi-billion dollar coal industry…).
Duke Energy, the North Carolina-based electric utility announced on Wednesday it would be leaving the clean coal lobbying group, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), over differences with the organizations opposition to clean energy and climate legislation being considered by Congress.
It’s well known that politics is dirty, but recently, anti-climate bill tactics have sunk to a new low: forging letters written by senior citizens against the Waxman-Markey climate bill. Five more suspected forgeries were released today bringing the grand total to 58 letters under investigation.
China Building Coal Stockpiles of 100 Million Tonnes, Calls For Greater Emission Cuts From Developed Nations
China, while indicating that it is ready to accept sectoral carbon emission cuts, has unveiled plans to build massive coal reserves in order to avoid counter any shortages in the near future.
In response to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s recent comments that the offshore wind energy resource in the U.S. could potentially provide 25% of our electricity and replace the need for coal-fired power plants, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal balked, telling reporters: “Ain’t going to happen.”
The Clean Coal discussion is not as simple as anyone (on either side of the propaganda machine) wants to make it out to be. To quote Bruce Niles from the Sierra Club: “Clean Coal means different things to different people.” If clean coal is what the coal industry wants, it’s already here. Environmental scientists agree that Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) has some potential to make coal cleaner. But that nuance is lost in this discussion.
We can protest coal-fired power plants all we’d like–but must not forget the importance of conservation. Conserving energy has an immediate impact.
We’ve seen the best clean coal ad ever and we’ve seen the coal lobby co-opt the Obama message, now we can enjoy the tongue-in-cheek stylings of the Coen brothers and their take on “clean coal”.