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The Latest Reality Check for Coal: A Surprising Message from West Virginia
A news story posted yesterday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail hit my inbox at least five times this morning. The article acknowledges something we’ve been talking about for quite some time—the reality...
Most States Well on the Path to Comply with Final Clean Power Plan
On August 3, President Obama announced the release of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), setting the first ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Today, UCS is releasing...
Depression to Hope: King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 5
In my ongoing series looking at the decline of the coal industry, we come to maybe the most painful stage of grief: depression . It’s also the most personal. I can only imagine how someone like...
King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 4: Bargaining for Delay
This week’s post in my ongoing series focuses on the third stage of grief, bargaining . The U.S. coal industry continues to get hammered by a series of terrible earnings reports, an ongoing wave of...
Misdirected Anger on Full Display in the Purported “War on Coal” — King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 3
In my previous post in this series, I wrote about how coal has become uneconomic —and how that has led to great financial risk for companies in the coal mining business. I noted that some analysts...
King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 2: Financial Risk and the Economics of Coal
This post continues my series on King Coal’s Stages of Grief, and focuses on more denial —this time about economics. Yesterday the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that the...
King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 1: Facing the Facts
Coming from a coal mining family, I’m well aware of the seemingly vast coal resource underground and how extracting that resource has helped boost local economies, including the one where I...
The Surprising Facts About the Clean Power Plan: Most States Are Already On Track to Meet 2020 Benchmarks for Reducing Carbon Emissions
A new analysis released today by UCS shows that most states are already making progress toward cutting carbon emissions from power plants by shifting from coal-fired power to cleaner generation...
What Does the Clean Power Plan Mean for Virginia? A Real Opportunity for Renewable Energy
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has recently said he “fully supports” the EPA’s Clean Power Plan , designed to reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions from existing power plants...
Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Big Investments in Renewable Energy and Efficiency
Today, in his first budget address as Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf proposed $325 million in investments in the state’s energy sector , including significant investments in wind, solar,...