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Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality?

WASHINGTON, DC — Coal is still very much at the center of the debate on the future of energy. For some, the holy grail is a new type of technology that captures some coal carbon emissions. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to take a closer look at the results coming out of one of the largest fossil fuel power plants in the country and the obstacles stopping them from collecting more.

URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/carbon-capturing-make-clean-coal-reality/

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28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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Watch this ruling: It could affect coal and climate reviews across the West

By Stewart Leavenworth

Belleville News-Democrat

WASHINGTON — Any day now, a federal appeals court in Denver is expected to rule on a case with major repercussions for coal mining on western public lands, one that could potentially affect other energy projects.

Depending on its decision, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals could force the U.S. Interior Department to more extensively analyze how expansion of coal mining on federal land affects carbon emissions.

Or it could keep in place the Interior Department’s current method of reviewing new coal leases, which is supported by the mining industry but opposed by many environmental groups.

28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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Are Coal Jobs up by 50K Since Last Year? Not Exactly

By Louis Jacobson

On the one hand, coal is a high-carbon-emissions fuel that is at a disadvantage under the Paris agreement and could potentially benefit from the United States’ exit from the accord. On the other, some experts have said that the demise of coal as an energy source has less to do with emissions than with lost market share to a competing fossil fuel — natural gas — and technological improvements that have bolstered renewable energies such as wind and solar.

28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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AMERICAN COAL COUNCIL STATEMENT ON PARIS ACCORD WITHDRAWAL

WASHINGTON, DC  June 2, 2017 – The announcement by President Trump of the decision to withdraw from the Paris accord is consistent with his earlier statements of concern about the agreement. After meetings with the G7 last week and further consideration by his administration, he expressed continuing concern about the harm it would cause the United States.

President Trump put in context the staggering cost of the Paris accord to the U.S. economy which he estimated at $3 trillion, and the insignificant impact it would have on global carbon dioxide emissions.

02. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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ACCCE President Refutes Recent Report saying Regulations were not the Primary Cause of Coal Power Plant Retirements

By Paul Bailey – President & CEO

America’s Power

WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2017) — A recent report —“Can Coal Make a Comeback?”—asserts that environmental regulations are a secondary influence in decisions to retire coal-fired electric generating units.  We disagree with this assertion.

Specifically, the authors of the report “believe” that low natural gas and renewable costs are more important in retirement decisions than environmental regulations.   However, the report provides no analysis to support this belief.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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New Study Calls EPA’s Labeling of CO2 a Pollutant ‘Totally False’

By Michael Bastach  

(Daily Caller) — A new study published by seasoned researchers takes aim at the heart of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to issue regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

The study claims to have “proven that it is all but certain that EPA’s basic claim that CO2 is a pollutant is totally false,” according to a press statement put out by Drs. Jim Wallace, John Christy and Joe D’Aleo.

Wallace, Christy and D’Aleo — a statistician, a climatologist and meteorologist, respectively — released a study claiming to invalidate EPA’s 2009 endangerment finding, which allowed the agency to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Tax Subsidies for Renewables now far Outpaces Fossil Fuels

By Rep. Lamar Smith  

(RealClearEnergy) — The federal government has a long history of meddling in the U.S. energy market.  For almost 100 years, the government has provided tax incentives, subsidies, federal electricity programs, loans, loan guarantees, and funding for research and development to promote the efficient use and production of domestic energy resources.

Since the early 1900s, the federal government’s primary intervention was through tax incentives to the oil and gas industry that were intended to increase production of domestic oil and gas.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Dynegy VP calls nuclear subsidies ‘new front in the war on coal’

By JEFF MCDONALD, S&P Global

ORLANDO (MAY 05, 2017) Coal’s status as a baseload fuel has diminished as it competes economically with natural gas and other fuels, but government subsidies of renewables also are playing a part in reduced consumption, a Dynegy Inc. executive said.

U.S. coal consumption, which topped 900 million tons for 21 straight years beginning in 1990, dropped to 678 million tons in 2016 and could drop by 50 million tons or more in future years as structural changes take hold, Rob Hardman, vice president of fuel supply for the Houston-based utility, said May 4 at the Eastern Fuel Buyers Conference in Orlando, Fla.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Coal mine openings in the US inject some hope into beleaguered sector

Corsa Coal’s Acosta Deep mine in Pennsylvania, to open in June, will create about 600 jobs

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MINING.COM

A new US coal mine, scheduled to begin production next month, is lifting the spirits of an industry still hurting from the impact of low commodity prices and steep competition from other energy sources, which have triggered massive bankruptcies and closures in the past five years.

Once a full tilt, the mine will produce 400,000 tonnes of metallurgical coal a year for US and Chinese steel companies.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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New GE Innovation Center to Showcase latest Technologies of Coal-fired Steam Power Plants

 

KING GEORGE, VA. (COAL AGE) —GE Power (NYSE: GE) today announced plans to convert its 242 MW coal-fired Birchwood Power facility in King George, Virginia, US into a Steam Plant Services Innovation Center.

The center, which provides sufficient electricity to power more than 240,000 homes, is to become a showcase for how the latest GE technologies can greatly increase the efficiency and flexibility of coal-fired steam power plants, while also reducing emissions.

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31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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