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Big oil and coal are in big trouble despite billions in bailouts

Just over a month ago, President Trump claimed victory for saving Big Oil, saying that he ‘created it’ and then he ‘saved it.’ But like many, many claims by the President, this fantasy is false. Despite upwards of $7 billion in taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loans, billions more in tax breaks, and waiving environmental rules by federal agencies that gave corporations […]

September 4th

‘Another toxic giveaway’: Trump EPA rolls back coal plant wastewater rules

In what critics called yet “another toxic giveaway” to corporate polluters, the Trump administration late Monday afternoon announced final revisions to Obama-era regulations designed protect lakes, rivers, and streams near coal-fired power plants by imposing strict treatment requirements for wastewater containing toxic pollutants. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The new Environmental Protection Agency guidelines relax a 2015 […]

September 2nd

Europe’s love affair with fossil fuels

One of the few positive outcomes of the Covid-19 lock-down has been the clear skies, rise in air quality and drop in carbon levels. With the lock-downs easing in much of Europe and governments keen to get their economies back on track, there is at least an acknowledgement that a return to the old ‘normal’ […]

August 24th

The global coal fleet shrank for first time on record in 2020

The world’s fleet of coal-fired power stations has got smaller for the first time on record, with more capacity retired in the first half of 2020 than the amount opened. This is according to the latest Global Coal Plant Tracker (GCPT) results by Global Energy Monitor (GEM), which we completed last month and report for the first time here. […]

August 23rd

Yes we can! Reducing carbon emissions without hurting growth

Between 2005 and 2017, 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia reduced their energy-related carbon dioxide emissions while increasing real gross domestic product, debunking the myth that economic growth can only occur by compromising the health of the planet. By Devashree Saha and Joel Jaeger World Resources Institute In a new report, America’s New Climate Economy, we […]

August 5th

An open letter to the PA legislature: Evangelicals urge you to defend children’s health, not coal co. profits

Dear Representatives, According to the House Calendar, HB 2025 will be brought before the entire House tomorrow. As you consider the bill’s merits, please consider the old axiom: “penny wise dollar foolish.” There is much discussion and fear about rumors of RGGI closing coal fired electric generating in Pennsylvania. The reality is that coal plants will […]

If Trump wins re-election, you can kiss environmental protection goodbye

Donald Trump has been using cover of COVID-19 and his wannabe strongman response to Black Lives Matter protests to continue his pro-polluter agenda, recently with an Executive Order tossing basic environmental protections out the window under guise of economic recovery.   By Climate Denier Roundup Fortunately, this appears to be yet another pointless distraction., As Niina […]

Coronavirus is accelerating closure of ageing fossil-fueled power plants

This year will see the largest ever drop globally in both investment and consumer spending on energy as the coronavirus pandemic hits every major sector, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The crisis is accelerating the shutdown of older fossil-fuelled power plants and refineries, with the agency saying it could provide an opportunity to push […]

June 10th

Fossil fuels kill more than Covid-19

The Denialists deny it, and the MSM is too scared to bring it up. We have more than five million deaths from fossil fuel, 8.8 million from air pollution overall every year. Covid-19, with 119,000 confirmed deaths so far, is a blip, a rounding error in the deaths we inflict on ourselves from coal and […]

June 1st

Renewable Roundup: Clean energy eclipses coal

The targets become ever more tempting as antiquated coal plants age out and become ever more financially ruinous for their owners. Which ones are they working on where you are? Are we having fun yet? In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S. The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to […]

May 24th

Australia listened to the science on coronavirus. Imagine if we did the same for coal mining

Australia’s relative success in stopping the spread of COVID-19 is largely due governments taking expert advice on a complex problem. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of decisions on projects that threaten the environment – most notably, Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. Our research published today in Nature Sustainability documents how state and federal governments repeatedly ignored […]

Sweden closes last coal plant – TWO YEARS ahead of schedule

Go bye-bye! It has been pleasant to report more and more countries taking the Pledge, but it is much sweeter to see them achieve it. Coal first, then gas and oil, as demand for each collapses. Belgium first, then Austria, then Sweden, then… Sweden Shuts Down Its Last Coal Plant Two Years Early By Mokurai […]

May 5th