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Beacon Journal editorial: Why the Clean Power Plan matters
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Beacon Journal editorial: Why the Clean Power Plan matters

AKRON — “Fortunately, the unraveling of regulations requires a rigor equivalent to their creation. A president cannot just cast aside rules. The process involves extensive public comment. Opponents must make a credible case according to the law, science and economics. That isn’t to say the president will fail. Rather, the opportunity […]

A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills. Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase […]

Coal / EPA / Right-to-Know

“This was a hostile takeover”: How the war on the EPA was waged

WASHINGTON, DC — “With access to key players involved in the issue, War on the EPA tells the story of how combatting perceived federal overreach by the EPA became a popular conservative cause. It unpacks the events that led to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and ultimately, to this […]

Kelly Cooper, former president of the UWUA local 175, worked at the two Adams County coal-fired power plants for more than 30 years. "Everybody knows, unless you are in West Virginia and never come out of a coal mine, that coal is on its way out," he said. Photo:
Coal / Energy

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio communities near coal plants

MANCHESTER — “A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart […]

Coal / Energy

Ohio legislature considers forcing customers to bailout coal plants

COLUMBUS — “Did you hear that you could soon be paying more for your electric bills? But the price of electricity isn’t getting more expensive, so what gives? If some lawmakers in Columbus get their way, your hard-earned money will start paying for bailouts of old power plants in Indiana and […]

Flaring is a technique oil and gas companies use to burn off leaking methane but is blamed for its contributions to climate change (Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press).
EPA

Courts thwart administration’s efforts to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations

WASHINGTON, DC — “The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law. The latest such ruling came late Wednesday, when a federal magistrate judge in […]

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought
Coal / Energy

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought

US fossil fuel production is subsidized to the tune of $20 billion annually WASHINGTON, DC — “Oil Change International (OCI)  is only counting direct production subsidies. As they acknowledge, that leaves out a great deal. For one thing, it leaves out the annual $14.5 billion in consumption subsidies — things like […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio (Credit: Analog Kid / Creative Commons).
Coal / Energy

Federal moves unlikely to ‘make coal great again,’ experts say at Ohio panel

CLEVELAND — “The Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector, industry experts reported at a panel in Cleveland this week. The program at Case Western Reserve University delved into reasons why the United States’ coal industry has declined and […]

(Michael Dourson, nominated by President Donald Trump to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 14, 2017. Credit: Al Drago/The New York Times/Redux)
Environmental Justice / EPA

Trump’s pick for EPA Safety Chief argued kids are less sensitive to toxins

NEW YORK, NY — “Michael Dourson, the toxicologist who will be the subject of a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for what many consider the second most powerful post at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been hired by industry to consult on at least 30 of the chemicals he may be […]

Michael Steere, Katy Morford, Sarah Savron, Jessica Smith-Szabo, Briana Edgerton, Marlena Luikart, and Anastazia Vanisko re just some of the canvassers responsible for accomplishing the goal - congratulations!
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action extends it’s reach to all 33 Ohio state senate districts

CLEVELAND — This week, Ohio Citizen Action’s field canvass celebrates a great accomplishment – recruiting members from all 33 Ohio state senate districts. The goal was set last November, after OCA Executive Director Rachael Belz testified in the senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee against extending the freeze on Ohio’s renewable […]