Category Archives for Climate Change
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.
By Stewart Leavenworth
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.
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.
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.
ACCCE President Refutes Recent Report saying Regulations were not the Primary Cause of Coal Power Plant Retirements
By Paul Bailey – President & CEO
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC. – The Spring 2017 issue of the American Coal magazine has been shipped and is now available. It has also been sent in a convenient email “flip-book” format suitable for your hand-held devices. The new issue features articles from Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, writing about the importance of coal to the western states and the value of federal leasing for job creation.
Rep. Cheney is joined by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Janet Gellici of the National Coal Council, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s Jason Begger, Longview Power’s Jeff Keffer, Jim Truman of Wood Mackenzie on topics ranging from steps Congress and states can take to prevent future “wars on coal,” development of carbon capture and use technologies, and the outlook for metallurgical coal.
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A stay-at-home mom explains why others like her should be at the forefront of defending the coal industry.
It is a common idea among many Americans that coal as a major industrial fuel is dead, or at least dying, and cleaner fuels, like wind and solar energy, and natural gas, are taking over. There is some truth there; but there are other influences on coal’s recent decline.
Less costly natural gas has become the fuel of choice in power plants and for other industrial uses, not because of the natural relative price of the fuels, but because of the cost of regulatory demands on mining and burning coal that require enormous investments that have priced coal higher than natural gas. Remember former President Barack Obama’s prediction: “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”
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An early sample of 100 coal mines reporting first-quarter jobs and production data suggests the upward trend in production and employment continued through the first three months of the year.
An earlier S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis pointed to a change in direction that began in the second half of 2016, after a prolonged downturn in coal production and employment. A new analysis of the first 100 coal mines to report data to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration suggests the upward trend may have continued in the first quarter of 2017.