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The U.S. consumed more renewable energy than coal in 2019
It's the first time that's happened since 1885.
Senate confirmation process begins this week for EPA chief
Andrew Wheeler is expected to face tough questions about his former role as a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry.
New U.S. coal consumption figures show industry’s decline
Economic forces will determine the future of coal, even if environmental regulations are loosened.
Are Republicans softening on carbon taxes?
A few GOP lawmakers are bucking the party line by backing a tax on CO2 emissions.
Coal plant operating costs are a long-held secret
A Washington state Superior Court judge may order the release of information a utility says contains trade secrets.
Can looser regulations save the coal industry from market forces?
The Environmental Protection Agency released details today of its plan to replace the Obama-era rules governing carbon emissions from power plants. The EPA’s proposals differ radically from the old Clean Power Plan. They give a lot of concessions to the coal industry. President Donald Trump has long promised to end what he calls the “war […]
Trump, Perry propose a lifeline for coal and nuclear sectors that critics say is unnecessary and would be harmful
The latest directive would allow the Energy Department to use a complex wartime law in the interest of national security.
Some former coal towns turn to nature tourism as a new economic driver
Tourism economy around natural beauty is starting to replace extractive industries in some former West Virginia and PA coal towns.
Why investing in coal companies may not help the people living in coal country
When we subsidize coal companies, does that make it back to the people living in coal country? In her reporting for Quartz, economics writer Gwynn Guilford found that the answer may be a loud, resounding “no.” For her article “The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal,” Guilford reported on the […]
Coal subsidy sinks after federal committee votes “no”
The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee voted down a proposal from the Department of Energy offering financial support for power plants that keep a 90-day supply of fuel stock on site (basically coal and nuclear plants). The FERC said the cost to consumers far outweighed any possible grid security benefit of the measure.