Ted Nace

Ted Nace is the director of CoalSwarm, a collaborative information clearinghouse on U.S. and international coal mines, plants, companies, politics, impacts, and alternatives. He is the author of Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal (CoalSwarm, 2010).

Climate Change

As waves lap at their doorsteps, Alaskan islanders take on climate polluters

In Christine Shearer's book "Kivalina: A Climate Change Story," a tiny community threatened by rising seas takes major coal and oil companies to court.


Down with coal! The grassroots anti-coal movement goes global

The article was coauthored by Bob Burton (CoalSwarm, Australia), Christine Shearer (CoalSwarm, U.S.), Cynthia Ong (LEAP, Malaysia), Jamie Henn (350.org, U.S.), John Hepburn (Greenpeace, Australia), Joshua Frank (CoalSwarm, U.S.), Justin Guay (Sierra Club, U.S.), Kate Hoshour (International Accountability Project, U.S.), …

Business & Technology

Which has a bigger footprint, a coal plant or a solar farm?

It's a common assumption about energy that fossil fuels like coal are "concentrated"� and renewable sources are "diffuse." But it's not true.

Business & Technology

We should pay to shut down dirty old coal plants

“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Inspired by this adage, we could create a positive financial incentive to induce power companies to shut down old coal plants. And because coal plants are so costly to society, a …

Climate & Energy

A messy but practical strategy for phasing out the U.S. coal fleet

By 2030, we have to stop emitting greenhouse gases from coal. That conclusion is most famously associated with NASA’s climate chief James Hansen, but Hansen is not alone. In a recent paper, nine other climate scientists — David Beerling, Robert …

Climate & Energy

We’re kicking butt on coal

Bummed out about Copenhagen, the U.S. Senate, that expensive-sounding kggrstch emanating from somewhere in your transmission? Well, here’s some good news to sip and enjoy: the amazing success of the fight to stop new coal plants. Consider the situation in …

Vapor jobs

Big Coal's far-out proposal for an economic stimulus

Last week the coal lobbying group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity held a press conference to announce a study of the employment and other economic benefits of building new coal plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The …


When to change that light bulb

"Often when I'm on TV, they'll ask what are the three most important things for people to do [to stop global warming]. I know they want me to say that people should change their light bulbs. I say the number …

Litigate this!

The ultimate directory of climate change cases

The estimable Arnold & Porter law firm has released a comprehensive online directory of climate change cases. Don't be deceived by the simplicity of the opening page. Just click on "Case Index" at the bottom of the opening page, which …