Recent news about the slowing growth of the global coal market is nice and all, but coal still remains a gargantuan beast that is steadily trashing the climate.
Goldman Sachs says the market for coal exports is slowing and related infrastructure projects, like those planned for the U.S. Northwest, "will struggle to earn a positive return."
Carbon taxes work just fine. In B.C., where they have one, emissions are falling and the economy is growing. Modeling shows the same could happen in Massachusetts. Heck, the same could happen anywhere!
In 2009, EPA sent some tough regulations on water pollution from coal waste to the White House for review. They were subsequently (and substantially) weakened. A new report reveals what happened.
New work on the Genuine Progress Indicator shows that global GDP is increasing, but global economic welfare no longer is. Can our species stop expanding before it hits limits?
A Kentucky boy has hit big on "America's Got Talent" with a song called "Coal Keeps the Lights On." Why does coal mining continue to wield such resonant power in U.S. culture?
Some conservatives are budging a bit on climate, despite fierce resistance from their base. But they've got a long way to go before they've really internalized the problem and its implications for their ideology.
It's coal! Obama plans to regulate carbon emissions from coal plants, but he's doing nothing to stop coal leasing on public lands or coal exports through the Northwest to China.
The president's comments about the Keystone XL pipeline don't necessarily mean he'll reject (or approve) it. But they might reveal a radical way of thinking about infrastructure in an age of climate change.
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