Coal

Coal

Chicago goes coal-free

Activists have succeeded in getting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down the city’s two coal plants — one of them by the end of the year. That doesn’t mean the city is off coal power entirely, of course, but banishing coal plants from within the city limits will have a massive effect on urban health. As Philip Radford wrote here on Grist last year, pollution from the Windy City’s coal plants costs tens of thousands of lives: Every year, the toxic pollution that spews from the smokestacks of America’s coal-fired power plants kills between 13,000 and 34,000 people, according …

Fossil Fuels

Time for an oil change: Americans strongly oppose fossil fuel subsidies

A Yale poll found that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to oil, coal, and gas subsidies.

Election 2012

Crazy talk: Rick Santorum out-denies the climate deniers and spins eco-conspiracy theories

Rick Santorum is way crazy when it comes to environmental issues -- so crazy he makes Newt Gingrich's moon-colony plans sound plausible, and Mitt Romney's climate flip-floppery look presidential.

Coal

Say it ain’t Kosovo: U.S. State Dept. pushes coal in Eastern Europe

Why is the State Department ignoring climate change and pressuring the World Bank to approve loans for a giant coal-fired power plant in Kosovo?

Coal

Why is the State Dept. pushing coal on a tiny Eastern European country?

State and the World Bank are pushing a plan to open a heavily polluting coal plant in Kosovo -- saddling the struggling country with debt and producing much more power than it even needs.

Coal

U.S. government downgrades projections for coal. Again.

Coal generation keeps falling faster than government predictions, which don't even account for other factors affecting its decline. Could the reign of coal finally be over?

Coal

Picturing international coal trends

Four images of coal production and consumption over the past three decades shows that trends in Asia drive trends worldwide.

Coal

Why railroads care about coal exports

U.S. rail haul more coal than they do any other commodity. It's no wonder, then, that with domestic coal use declining, railways support coal exports.

Coal-burning energy company demands more regulation

Baltimore company Constellation Energy has retrofitted two coal-burning power plants in anticipation of new EPA emissions laws. Now a lawsuit has delayed the new regulations from being enacted, and Constellation is pissed; if they're going to shell out $885 million to be in compliance, by god everyone else should have to, too. So they're flipping a Uie from usual energy company behavior, and agitating for stricter rules.

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