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Utah Supreme Court blocks coal plant

You can put a fork in a gigantic new coal fired power plant proposed for rural Sugard, Utah, because it’s done. Yesterday the Utah Supreme Court struck a major blow against the plant by ordering it to start back at square one in the pollution permit application process. It’s because trying to do “clean coal” […]

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Sugar cane waste to power coal plants

Brazil Pellet has developed a way to process bagasse, the waste from sugar cane processing into pellets for use in coal plants. They are thinking very big, like 520,000 tons of pellets a year that would produce 2,420 GW of power. Most bagasse now is dumped where it decomposes and produces methane. Burning it instead […]

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DC power plant will switch to natural gas

Finally. This pork-laden boondoggle that brings coal by train into DC to burn to create power for Congress and others will finally be converted to natural gas. Naturally the National Assoc. for Destroying Mountaintops and Pumping Carbon into the Atmosphere whined mightily about this indignity.

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FERC Chair: US may never need new coal or nuclear plants

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Jon Wellinghoff says forget about coal and nuclear power, they’re too expensive, renewable power is what we need. Wellinghoff said renewables like wind, solar and biomass will provide enough energy to meet baseload capacity and future energy demands. Nuclear and coal plants are too expensive, he added. “I think baseload […]

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Obama Administration halts mountaintop removal

The highly destructive practice of blowing up mountain tops to get at coal, with dumping of waste and rocks into valleys and streams has been put on immediate hold by the EPA until they review environmental impacts. It’s so nice to have sane people running the government again.

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EPA enforces regulations, blocks coal plant

In a welcome reversal from the do-nothing days of Bush’s EPA, new EPA administrator Lisa Jackson revoked an air permit granted by the Bushies for a coal plant in South Dakota. The Sierra Club said “EPA is signaling that it is back to enforcing long-standing legal requirements fairly and consistently nationwide.” Indeed. Obama directs EPA […]

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Coal sludge deluges homes

Photo: J. Miles Carey/Knoxville News Sentinel, via Associated Press 300 million gallon of toxic coal sludge broke through a dam and has deluged hundreds of acres of land near Knoxville, Tennessee. Unlike flood waters, which eventually recede, it looks like much of this highly toxic glop will remain. Naturally, BushCo officials are doing nothing except […]

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BofA to stop financing mountaintop coal removal

Bank of America, a lead financier of coal, announced that they will be phasing out financing for companies that practice mountaintop removal coal mining, a highly destructive and controversial method of coal extraction. This is the direct result of a whole lot of work by Appalachian activists and groups like Rainforest Action Network, who will […]

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