Coal

Coal mining health study is halted by Interior Department
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Coal mining health study is halted by Interior Department

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which was conducting the study, said in a statement Monday that they were ordered to […]

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?
AEP / Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?

The coal industry is contracting as plants retire and utilities replace them with natural gas and renewables WASHINGTON, DC — “About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO rejects challenge to FirstEnergy special subsidy, you’ll keep paying more

CLEVELAND — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today rejected multiple appeals of its October 2016 ruling giving FirstEnergy an extra $204 million a year for up to five years, officially for upgrades to the company’s local wires and substations, but say opponents, actually allowing the company to use the money in […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy

As Ohio legislature regroups, power plant subsidy debate to continue

COLUMBUS — “As the Ohio legislative session resumes next month, subsidies for nuclear generation and 1950s-era coal plants are expected to once again be on the table. Other pending electricity bills deal with renewable energy, energy efficiency, corporate separation of utilities and consumer protections. The outcome could shape Ohio’s electricity […]

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A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing's central business district, China, December 21, 2016.
Coal

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

NEW YORK, NY — “Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Dr. Haidong Kan of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and colleagues looked specifically at […]

Dick Munson is EDF's Director, Midwest Clean Energy.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Tomorrow is judgement day for FirstEnergy’s bailout

COLUMBUS — “Tomorrow, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will issue its rehearing order on FirstEnergy’s bailout plea. If, like us, you have vacation brain, here’s a refresher: Last October, the PUCO gave a tentative $625-million subsidy to reduce FirstEnergy’s debt associated with its bad business decisions. Admittedly less than the […]

Three examples of Magnéli phases of titania suboxides identified in coal ash from US and Chinese coals.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Coal plants might be even more toxic than we thought

An environmental disaster in North Carolina reveals that a rare, potentially dangerous compound is abundant in burned coal BLACKSBURG, VA — “Scientists studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that may pose human health risks. …The newly identified […]

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued
Coal

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued

UTICA, NY — “Earlier this week, the Adirondack Council joined with the state of Maryland and a coalition of environmental and health organizations to file a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to require Midwest power plants to turn on already-installed pollution control […]

Report: Local solar & batteries can rapidly replace fossil fuel electricity
Duke Energy / Energy / Renewable Energy

Report: Local solar & batteries can rapidly replace fossil fuel electricity

Groundbreaking report reflects leaps in battery technology, is paired with Action Plan so cities and towns can act on pledges to help slow the climate crisis DURHAM, NC — “Recent leaps in battery technology, combined with falling solar power prices and energy-saving advances, mean North Carolina can replace all fossil […]

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year
Coal / Energy

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels LONDON, UK — “Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know […]