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Renewables, led by wind, provided more power than coal in Germany in 2018
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Enlarge / Gode wind farm off the coast of Germany. (credit: Ørsted) According to the Fraunhofer Institute, Germany’s renewable power sector produced more electricity than coal in 2018 for the first time ever, with renewables providing 40 percent of the year’s produced electricity and coal providing 38 percent. Of course, “renewables” include an aggregate of […]

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CenturyLink customers get belated coal in their stockings with hours-long nationwide outage     – CNET
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The problem’s been going on since 4 a.m. ET, according to DownDetector.

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Australia doesn’t care to break its coal habit in the face of climate change
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Enlarge / Coking coal. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a dire warning about climate change: unless governments of the world coordinate to implement multiple long-term changes, we risk overshooting the 2°C warming scenario that countries strived to target in the Paris Agreement. This would lead […]

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Perry seems in favor of emergency order to bail out coal, nuclear plants
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Enlarge / US Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the East Room of the White House in 2018. (credit: Getty Images) At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry expressed his willingness to help coal and nuclear plants out with an emergency order similar to one requested by energy firm FirstEnergy earlier […]

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Coal, nuclear plant operator files for bankruptcy, asks Trump for a bailout
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Enlarge / SHIPPINGPORT, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 27: A view of the inactive cooling towers at FirstEnergy Corporation’s Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant October 27, 2017 in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) On Saturday, power corporation FirstEnergy placed its coal and nuclear generation units under chapter 11 bankruptcy. Although coal and […]

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Interior Dept. wants to lower royalties that offshore oil, coal companies pay
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Enlarge / Oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. There are nearly 5,000 functioning oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and 27,000 abandoned wells. (Photo by: Dave Walsh/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) Last week the Interior Department’s Royalty Policy Committee issued a recommendation suggesting that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lower royalty […]

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Coal CEO’s defamation lawsuit against John Oliver is dismissed
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The segment that spawned a lawsuit. “Coal: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)” A West Virginia judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by coal giant Murray Energy Corporation and its CEO Robert Murray against Last Week Tonight host John Oliver after the HBO show ran a segment criticizing Murray and the coal industry in […]

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Germany Is Burning Too Much Coal
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Several readers share a report: Germany is widely seen as a world leader in the fight against climate change. Thanks to its investments in renewable power, wind and solar energy provide a third of its electricity, more than double the U.S. share. Germany’s goal to lower carbon-dioxide emissions 40 percent by 2020 is significantly more […]

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EPA chief promises to recuse himself from lawsuits, advocates for coal
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Enlarge / Scott Pruitt on April 19, 2017 in East Chicago, Indiana. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt sent a memo to agency employees last week saying that he would recuse himself from lawsuits that he brought against the Agency as Oklahoma Attorney General, according to Reuters. Pruitt sued the […]

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