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The White House Pushes Clean Energy While Coal States Push the Past

October 30, 2015 by Steven Cohen

A new lawsuit from the coal industry over EPA regulations is almost certainly yet another death rattle of the fossil fuel industry. It's too bad they refuse to change with the times and recognize that there is a lot of money to be made with renewable energy.[read more]

Solar and Wind Catch Up With Coal, Natural Gas Across the Globe

October 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Transitioning Away from Coal

A recent meta-review by the Rocky Mountain Institute found that the cost of utility-scale solar in some regions of the U.S. is cheaper today than the cost of fuel for natural-gas plants. That trend will likely only continue to spread across the U.S., even with the current low price of natural gas.[read more]

Coal Mine Starts Continue to Decline

September 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Mine Starts Stop

The number of new and reactivated coal mines that began production in 2013 fell to the lowest level in at least the past 10 years. The addition of 103 mines in 2013 came as 271 mines were idled or closed, resulting in a 14% decline in the total number of producing coal mines from 2012 to 2013.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion [PODCAST]

August 4, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Pretty much everything bad that could happen to the coal industry is happening. Global coal demand is slumping; low natural gas prices and competitive renewables are shifting the energy mix in America; and a slew of regulations are speeding up the closure of coal power plants.[read more]

Big Banks Propping Up Coal Industry to the Tune of $89 Billion

December 13, 2014 by Justin Guay

Banks and Coal Financing

As the nations of the world meet in Lima, Peru this week at the annual COP climate negotiations to address climate disruption, it's the large banks and their financial support for the coal industry that are causing widespread, but under-reported, systemic destruction.[read more]

Australian-Japanese Coal 'Partnership' and Why Global Coal is Here to Stay

October 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Global Coal and the Future

Recently, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned at the opening of the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland against the “demonization of coal.” Abbott stressed that “coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future.[read more]

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

October 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Funding and Human Rights

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.[read more]

Still No Sign of the Rational Middle?

October 20, 2014 by David Hone

Energy and Politics

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future."[read more]

King Coal Deposed in West, but Reigns in East

August 4, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Changing Coal Consumption

In the United States, coal consumption has been flat to declining for the past 20 years. Just since 2007, US coal consumption has fallen by more than 20%. This is the primary reason the US leads all countries in reducing carbon dioxide emissions over that same time period.[read more]

Geology and Markets, not EPA, Waging War on Coal

June 10, 2014 by Zane Selvans

Geology, Markets, and Coal


Despite the passionate rhetoric from both sides of the climate divide, the proposed EPA rules are very moderate — almost remedial. The rules grade the states on a curve, giving each a tailored emissions target meant to be attainable without undue hardship.[read more]

Fracking's War on Coal

Coal's share of electricity generation went from over 50 percent in 2005 to less than 40 percent today. While global coal continues to rise, the US is at present leaving much of our coal in the ground. Meanwhile, estimates of recoverable natural gas reserves in the United States have nearly doubled.[read more]

Coal India Abandons Share Offer Amongst Growing Investor Skepticism

February 13, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy and Investor Skepticism


Three years of waiting can turn into an eternity for a coal company. In October of 2010, Coal India, then the world's largest coal miner, was generally seen as one of the most valuable equity investments in the world of emerging economies.[read more]

Coal's Fantasy Island: Carbon Pollution its "One and Only"

January 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A New York Times article recently highlighted the increasing concerns major corporations are having about the growing threat of climate change to their bottom line. Business leaders are seeing carbon pollution affect their supply chains, resources, and financial risk.[read more]

Another Global Financial Institution Moves Beyond Coal

December 15, 2013 by Justin Guay

It's official: International financial institutions (IFIs) don't see any place for coal in a 21st-clean energy economy. Earlier this year, two of the world's largest IFIs, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB), announced their first historic restrictions on coal financing.[read more]

European Coal Use Declines 8 Percent in First Half of 2013

December 12, 2013 by Justin Guay

EU Coal Use

You've probably heard a lot of noise about a coal resurgence in Europe. Earlier this year my colleagues and I tried to sift the fact from the fiction to tell you what's really going on, a long-term decrease in coal use in the EU. It turns out we were wrong. It's actually happening now.[read more]