In this June 2017 photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally in Cincinnati. A coal company executive said Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down.
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Despite politically powerful coal communities helping elect a president who vowed guarantee their continued prosperity, their future remains more uncertain than ever.
The Big Brown coal plant in Fairfield is among the Texas power stations that have been shut down.
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A study of the social cost of carbon emitted by the shrinking fleet of Texan coal plants suggests that closing more of them down would be good for the climate and public health.
How long can coal realistically keep chugging along?
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The federal government has floated the idea of underwriting new coal-fired electricity generation in a bid to keep power prices low. But doing so would be a defiance of economic and environmental reality.
Wind turbines used to generate electricity on a wind farm in South Africa.
South Africa's sunshine and coastlines are ideal for renewable energy generation but the country's struggling to take advantage of this.
Torrefaction produces a substance that can be burned like coal.
Biomass that's been through a torrefaction process could do the same duty as coal, with far less water use and less pollution.
Environmental regulations generally improve communities’ preparedness and resilience during disasters.
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The damage to coal ash sites from Hurricane Florence demonstrates how a community's vulnerability to natural disasters is closely linked to how stringent environmental regulations are.
New coal mining operations could threaten
South Africa's Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.
Old Delhi skyline.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.
Rather than fade into the night, coal plants could stick around longer under Trump’s proposal.
Trump's energy plan may meet the letter of the law but the Affordable Clean Energy Plan reflects the administration's clear agenda to move slowly or not at all on climate change.
The number of coal mining jobs has gone up slightly, but many times less than solar-related ones.
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The Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy Plan would help the declining coal industry, but a study shows many coal workers could transition to a new industry – solar – and earn more money.
Analysts hope that South Africa’s new energy plan will have wind and solar plans.
South Africa's new energy plan is set to be announced.
On Thursday night a senior source said Turnbull was considering “heavy- handed intervention” to bring down prices.
If there were enough floor-crossers to sink the package's emissions reduction legislation, that would effectively (though not literally) amount to a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
In a speech to be delivered on Tuesday, D'Ambrosio will play on dissent in the Coalition, saying: “Malcolm Turnbull is trying to get us to sign up to something that hasn’t gone to his own party room – a place full of climate sceptics”.
“We won't support a scheme that leaves the states in the dark and leaves us all hostage to the extremists in Turnbull's party room,” D'Ambrosio will say.
Is the sun setting fast enough on coal-fired power?
Australia needs to accelerate its transition to clean energy, and not prolong the use of high-polluting, coal-fired infrastructure. Otherwise it risks missing out on an economic windfall.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says the present system is out of kilter and needs reform.
To make a concession to the coal lobby would flout the technology-neutral foundation of the NEG and have much more serious implications than throwing in some money to boost the GST pool.
Heads of state attended the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on June 9, 2018. Top row: European Council president Donald Tusk, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Bottom row: Seychelles President Danny Faure, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. US president Donald Trump’s recent protectionist moves were at the top of the agenda.
After the G7 fiasco, it's clear that a trade war is in the making. US justifications of "national security concerns" for its tariffs suggest a legitimate target for EU countermeasures: coal.
The Indian Point nuclear power station outside New York City will be decommissioned by 2021.
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There is simply no credible evidence supporting the contention that America is experiencing a grid emergency.
Mercury enters rice through local industrial activities and through burning coal.
Study finds that coal pollution in China is leading to people getting significant levels of mercury poisoning from rice.
Coal miner photographed on the job near Richlands, Virginia, in 1974.
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In the abstract, this near-mythic figure represents bravery, hard work and manliness.
Josh Frydenberg met with state energy ministers in Melbourne the latest round of discussions over the National Energy Guarantee.
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The federal government is confident that states will sign up to the National Energy Guarantee, with a final decision now timetabled for August.