Trump orders Perry to take steps to curb coal plant shutdowns

June 4, 2018 by  
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It seems President Donald Trump doesn’t want to let coal die. Bloomberg reported he ordered Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to take steps to stem closures of nuclear and coal power plants. An emailed statement from White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders read, “Impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix and impacting the resilience of our power grid .” Coal and nuclear plants are losing money as cheaper renewable energies and natural gas gain steam. Trump’s administration alleges that declines in nuclear and coal power jeopardize America’s security. According to the White House statement, the president told Perry “to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources and looks forward to his recommendations.” The Department of Energy’s strategy, as detailed in a memo Bloomberg obtained , could be to draw on power given by federal laws to create a “strategic electric generation reserve” and compel grid operators to purchase power from plants that are at risk. The National Security Council was to meet last week to talk over the idea. Related: Biggest grid operator in US attacks Perry’s proposal to prop up coal One purpose of this draft plan, Bloomberg reported, is to buy time for a two-year study probing vulnerabilities in the country’s energy delivery system. Administration officials have already used up a year of this time. Following an Energy Department grid reliability study, Perry suggested a rule that would have compensated nuclear and coal plants — and federal regulators killed the proposal. Major grid operator PJM Interconnection said in a statement its grid “is more reliable than ever” and “there is no such need for any such drastic action.” The company said it has analyzed planned deactivations of nuclear stations and found no immediate threat to reliability. PJM said, “Any federal intervention in the market to order customers to buy electricity from specific power plants would be damaging to the markets and therefore costly to consumers.” Electric Power Supply Association president John Shelk said, “National security is being invoked by people who once favored markets. Everybody loses in a fuels war.” Via Bloomberg Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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The global coal industry is using as much water as a billion people each year

March 25, 2016 by  
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We already know that coal-fired power plants are bad for the planet, but that’s usually because we are just thinking about the enormous amounts of carbon dioxide emissions they contribute to our atmosphere. A new Greenpeace report entitled The Great Water Grab  sheds light on another terrifying aspect of the coal industry, which is its astronomical water consumption. The report suggests that the global coal industry uses the same amount of water that would serve one billion people each year . Because coal plants are often situated in water-scarce areas of the world, this adds up to a devastating misuse of Earth’s precious resources. Read the rest of The global coal industry is using as much water as a billion people each year

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Recipe for change: Recycling coal plant residue to make bricks

September 2, 2015 by  
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The brick-making industry in India is being transformed — and local environments cleaned up — by an innovation to make bricks from the fly-ash residue of coal plants.

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U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

July 20, 2015 by  
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Not only is clean energy on its way in, coal plants are on their way out. This week the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal project celebrated the announcement that the 200th coal plant has shut down since 2010. That may not sound significant, but 200 out of 535 US coal plants is a big deal, since it equates to 40 percent of production. It is also a sign that we are closer than ever to making clean energy the norm. Read the rest of U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

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Chicago Builds Momentum for Moving Beyond Coal

May 27, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Takver / Creative Commons Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to attend the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Chicago on its proposed mercury and air toxics safeguards. Hundreds of people turned out to support EPA and these safeguards against the toxins spewed out by coal plants—toxins that adversely affect public health

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Why Massive Food Waste is Cause for Global Concern

May 27, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: sporkist / Creative Commons This guest post was written by Andrea Thomas, Walmart senior vice president of sustainability.

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Newest Coal Plants Only Created Half as Many Jobs as Industry Promised

April 1, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: lowjumpingfrog via Flickr / CC BY On top of being dirty, carbon-polluting, respiratory illness-inducing behemoths, it turns out that new coal plants don’t create that many jobs, either. Or, at least, not nearly as many as the companies promise when attempting to entice communities to let them build one in their bac… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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50,000 MW of Nation’s Dirtiest Coal Plants Could be Shut Down

December 16, 2010 by  
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Photo: Richard Harrison , Geograph, CC The EPA is planning on increasing the pollution controls on coal plants — a move that is being fought tooth and nail by industry and the politicians who support it. And they’re fighting for good reason: The new regulations, which, among other things, will clamp down on the amount of toxic pollution (sulfur dioxide, mercury, etc) coal plants can emit, will likely cause a massive wave of coal plant closures -… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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