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The environmental case for buying a coal mine

By Richard Fisher Photo: Sean Gallup

One day, the Swedish energy company Vattenfall decided to divest itself from a particularly dirty form of coal extraction in Germany, so it advertised that its mines were for sale. It would get an offer from a totally unexpected party.


How coal holds on in America

By Joshua Partlow Photo: Dan Koeck

David Saggau, the chief executive of an energy cooperative, tried to explain the losing economics of running a coal-fired power plant to a North Dakota industry group more than a year ago.


The Biden Administration Takes Action on Toxic Coal Ash Waste

By James Bruggers Photo: Kate Patterson

The Biden administration on Tuesday took its first significant move toward corralling lingering and widespread problems with the toxic ash produced by coal-fired power plants, one of the nation’s most prominent long-term environmental health legacies from more than a century of coal-fired electricity generation.


Black Farmers Are Rebuilding Agriculture in Coal Country

By Natalie Peart

While most people associate West Virginia with coal mining, the hills and valleys are also suited for agriculture. And as coal production wanes, farmers are seeing growing opportunities to expand their sector.


Coal and trucks pushed US ‘further off track’ for climate targets in 2021

By Josh Gabbatiss

US emissions surged by 6.2% last year, boosted by a renewed reliance on coal power amid soaring natural gas prices, according to the Rhodium Group. After falling sharply in 2020 due to the economic impact of Covid-19, transport emissions also saw a significant uptick in 2021, buoyed by the return of freight trucks to the nation’s highways.


Opinion: West Virginia’s coal miners just made Joe Manchin’s life a lot harder

By Greg Sargent Photo: J. Scott Applewhite , AP

For months, Sen. Joe Manchin III has sold his opposition to the Build Back Better proposal as driven uniformly by a brave and hardheaded assessment of the national interest. He has warned that BBB will fuel inflation and that its climate provisions will push energy markets to evolve too quickly and lead to a dangerous dependence on Chinese supply chains.


Coal plant explosion should be a wake-up call

By Baltimore Sun Editorial Board Photo: Jerry Jackson , AP

Late Thursday morning, an explosion in Curtis Bay rattled buildings, broke windows and likely frayed some nerves. A buildup of coal dust at the CSX Coal Plant Building was blamed for the blast, which could be heard — and felt — from miles away. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, according to CSX and the Baltimore Fire Department, and the incident remains under investigation.


The world generated more power from coal in 2021 than ever before

By Amy Gunia Photo: Andrea Verdelli

The amount of electricity generated from coal is expected to hit an all-time high this year, as electricity demand outpaces low-carbon supply options, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). That means that the world’s climate targets may be getting further out of reach.


Global demand for coal could hit all-time high in 2022

By Jillian Ambrose Photo: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Electricity from coal plants has risen by 9% this year to fuel economic recovery from Covid, says watchdog.


Campaign to shut down New England’s last coal plant is doing ‘what must be done’ for the planet

By Arnie Alpert

There’s one form of power that’s generated when hot water turns turbines to create electricity. There are other forms of power held by investors, property owners and regulatory agencies.