Clean Power Plan

Study: Any air pollution may hasten death
Clean Power Plan

Study: Any air pollution may hasten death

Analysis found no sign of ‘safe’ ozone, particulate levels BALTIMORE, MD — “At a time when the Trump administration is moving to delay and dismantle air quality regulations, a new study suggests that air pollution continues to cut Americans’ lives short, even at levels well below the legal limits set […]

Even before formal death knell, Clean Power Plan is history
Clean Power Plan

Even before formal death knell, Clean Power Plan is history

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Clean Power Plan, as the world knows it, is dead. The Trump administration has vowed to reverse the U.S. EPA regulation meant to drive down carbon emissions from power plants. And although environmental advocates will fight that decision in the courts, the battle could rage on […]

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Clean Power Plan / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Energy interests, mostly fossil fuels, give big to Ohio campaigns

COLUMBUS — “With the fate of the state’s clean energy standards and the federal Clean Power Plan still unsettled, utility, fossil fuel and nuclear energy interests spent about $3 million in reported contributions for Ohio political campaigns this year through October. Those figures do not include additional millions funneled through […]

Once the soot clears, the “War On Coal” probably won’t get the Ken Burns treatment. But, as the courts decide on the Clean Power Plan, here are some landmark moments to remember.
Clean Power Plan

Commentary: Coal—The War Years

ANDERSONVILLE, GA — “Last weekend in the southwestern Georgia town of Andersonville, a large crowd gathered to watch two mock battles, buy souvenirs, eat, drink, dance and soak in the nostalgia of the War Crimes Capital of America. For its short 14-month lifetime, Andersonville’s Camp Sumter was the epitome of […]

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Clean Power Plan / Coal

Coal plants are shutting down, with or without Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “The coal industry’s decline has been a long time coming, thanks to an aging fleet of power plants. True, the Supreme Court’s pending decision on the legality of the administration’s carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan could dramatically speed coal’s demise. But it’s happening nonetheless. In 2015, 94 coal-fired […]

Fine particles — toxic specks that research has linked to a variety of ills, including shorter lifespans — aren’t evenly concentrated across the country. Vanderburgh in southwest Indiana has higher levels than nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties with air-monitoring data for 2013 to 2015, according to average annual figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the country, colored in gray in the map above, does not have monitoring data for particles. But efforts to estimate particles for all counties using satellite data have shown similar trends for southwest Indiana.
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Clean Power Plan / Research & Reports

Americas super polluters

EVANSVILLE, IN — “To see one of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants, head northwest from this Ohio River city. Or east, because there’s another in the region. In fact, nearly every direction you go will take you to a coal plant — seven within 30 miles. Collectively they pump […]

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Clean Power Plan / Research & Reports

Is your governor or attorney general a climate denier? This map will tell you.

WASHINGTON, DC — “After sweating through the second straight year that earned the title of hottest year on record, new research from the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that 24 governors and attorneys general publicly deny the reality of climate change. It also gives a comprehensive summary of […]

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden

WASHINGTON, DC — “The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. …The projection for the nation as a whole would be nearly two-thirds of the CPP’s target by […]

Coal production in the U.S. has fallen as cheap natural gas and environmental regulations have taken their toll.
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Clean Power Plan / Coal

Battered coal companies courted State AGs to fight climate rules

WASHINGTON, DC — “The documents, obtained under state public records requests by a watchdog group, along with tax filings and political campaign disclosures reviewed by Bloomberg News, show how energy companies, Republican attorneys general and the association dedicated to re-electing them are aligned in a legal attack on President Barack […]

How producing clean power turned out to be a messy business
Clean Power Plan / Energy

How producing clean power turned out to be a messy business

NEW YORK, NY — “Far from emerging as an industry pioneer, NRG has become a cautionary tale. A power-hungry nation needs to change the way it is fueled, but as NRG shows, transitioning to clean power is messy business. ‘The power producers and utilities are the canaries in the coal […]