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The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture 18.8.2017 AP Business
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Like all North Korean adults, Song Un Pyol wears the faces of leader Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather pinned neatly to her left lapel, above her heart. But on her right glitters a diamond-and-gold brooch....
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Will a trade fight with Asia sabotage the U.S. solar industry? That may be up to Trump 16.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump’s most useful ally in his push to restore the dominance of coal, oil and gas in America could ultimately turn out to be a pair of bankrupt solar firms seeking help from the federal government getting back on their feet.

In an unorthodox trade case roiling the solar industry worldwide,...

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Energy Department Faces Pressure Over Power Study 16.8.2017 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Energy Secretary Rick Perry faces stepped-up pressure from environmental groups over power grid study he has signaled could help bolster coal and nuclear power.
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Judge blocks 176-million ton coal mine expansion in Montana 16.8.2017 AP Business
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked a proposed 176-million ton (159 million-metric ton) expansion of a central Montana coal mine in a ruling that criticized U.S. officials for downplaying the climate change impacts of the project and inflating its economic benefits....
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Will a trade fight with China sabotage the U.S. solar industry? That may be up to Trump 16.8.2017 LA Times: Business

President Trump’s most useful ally in his push to restore the dominance of coal, oil and gas in America could ultimately turn out to be a pair of bankrupt solar firms seeking help from the federal government getting back on their feet.

In an unorthodox trade case roiling the solar industry worldwide,...

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Judge blocks 176-million ton coal mine expansion in Montana 16.8.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a proposed 176-million ton (159 million-metric ton) expansion of a central Montana coal mine in a ruling that criticized U.S. officials for downplaying the climate change impacts of the project and inflating its economic benefits. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy issued an order Monday barring Signal […]
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EPA moves to rewrite limits for coal power plant wastewater 15.8.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday as part of a legal appeal says he will seek to revise the 2015 guidelines mandating increased treatment for wastewater from steam electric power-generating […]
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Germany's Transition From Coal to Renewable Energy Offers Lessons for the Rest of the World 14.8.2017 Truthout.com
Seventy-seven-year-old Heinz Spahn -- whose blue eyes are both twinkling and stern -- vividly recalls his younger days. The Zollverein coal mine, where he worked in the area of Essen, Germany, was so clogged with coal dust, he remembers, that people would stir up a black cloud whenever they moved. "It was no pony farm," he says -- using the sardonic German phrase to describe the harsh conditions: The roar of machines was at a constant 110 decibels, and the men were nicknamed waschbar, or "raccoons," for the black smudges that permanently adorned their faces.  Today, the scene at  Zollverein  is very different. Inside the coal washery where Spahn once worked -- the largest building in the Zollverein mining complex -- the air is clean, and its up to 8,000 miners have been replaced by one-and-a-half million tourists annually. The whole complex is now a UNESCO world heritage site: Spahn, who worked here as a fusion welder until the mine shut down on December 23, 1986, is employed as a guide to teach tourists ...
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New Fraud Allegations Emerge at Troubled "Clean Coal" Project As Southern Co. Records Multi-Billion Loss 11.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Southern Co. is accused of fraudulently misrepresenting the prospects for its troubled "clean coal" project in Kemper County, Mississippi in several legal filings this summer. Southern  announced  in late July that it was shuttering the troubled "clean coal" part of Kemper after construction ran years behind schedule and the company spent $7.5 billion on the 582 megawatt power plant -- over $5 billion more than it first projected. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Brett Wingo, a former Southern Company engineer,  alleges  he warned the company's top executives that it would not be possible to meet key construction deadlines. Management responded by retaliating against him, the complaint asserts, and Southern continued to assure investors and the public that Kemper's schedule and budget targets would be met, then blamed unpredictable factors like the weather when those goals were missed. Wingo’s claim that Southern misled investors by concealing construction-related problems drew national attention in a front ...
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West Virginia governor wants to sell Trump on a $4.5 billion coal bailout by calling it a “homeland security initiative" 11.8.2017 Washington Post
West Virginia governor wants to sell Trump on a $4.5 billion coal bailout by calling it a “homeland security initiative"
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West Virginia’s governor wants a coal bailout. Republicans should ignore him. 11.8.2017 Washington Post: Editorials
Give him points for creativity: It’s all about national security.
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The Energy 202: Trump's lack of nuclear knowledge is what's really scary 10.8.2017 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Trump's lack of nuclear knowledge is what's really scary
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The Russia-Did-It Certitude Challenged 10.8.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
Many mainstream news outlets confessed to their gullibility over the Iraq-WMD claims, but have fallen into another groupthink over Russia-gate, as Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein heard from ex-U.K. Ambassador Craig Murray. By Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein…Read more →
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The Daily 202: What are his generals telling Trump on North Korea? 10.8.2017 Washington Post: Politics
We don't know if the president is listening.
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West Virginia’s One Progressive Party 10.8.2017 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Vicki) Protesters hold signs in front of the Monongalia County Courthouse in Morgantown, West Virginia, on May 18, 2011, as then-Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Bob Henry Baber speaks. “I’m the daughter of a coal miner. My father died of black lung. It’s a horrible way to suffocate to death,” Charlotte Pritt says. She got her start in Democratic politics as a hard-charging state senator in the early 1990s, fighting nursing home closures and arguing against Governor Gaston Caperton’s gas tax. “I’m opposed to the taxes on the poor. That’s the only thing these yo-yos can come up with.” But in 2012, Pritt jumped ship and joined the Mountain Party, a motley environmentalist outfit that has affiliated with the national Green Party. The Mountain Party is a tiny outfit: It has just 1,922 registered voters and three elected officials, all in nonpartisan offices. Still, the party has punched above its weight, frequently garnering respectable vote totals as it laps up left-wing voters dissatisfied ...
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U.S. scientists contradict Trump’s climate claims 9.8.2017 Seattle Times: Local

Contradicting the president's claims that climate change is a "hoax," the draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global warming is being driven by human activities is "unambiguous."
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Operator of big Montana coal plant will keep on running it 9.8.2017 AP Business
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. plans to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant, a spokesman said Wednesday, in an abrupt reversal from its declaration last year that a new operator would be needed by mid-2018....
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Operator of big Montana coal plant will keep on running it 9.8.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. plans to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant, a spokesman said Wednesday, in an abrupt reversal from its declaration last year that a new operator would be needed by mid-2018. The co-owners of the Colstrip Generating Station have […]
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New York's Fracking Ban Was Supposed to Set a Precedent -- but Gov. Cuomo Is Going Back on His Word 9.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Anti-fracking protesters gather outside of the auditorium before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his fourth State of the State address on January 8, 2014, in Albany, New York. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) New Yorkers are beginning to suspect that Governor Cuomo's defiance of Trump's anti-environment agenda is just a lot of hot air. A ban on high-volume hydro-fracking implemented two years ago through the persistent efforts of activists is being completely undermined by a new power plant poised to make fracking infrastructure fully operational throughout the state. Anti-fracking protesters gather outside of the auditorium before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his fourth State of the State address on January 8, 2014, in Albany, New York. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) New York banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) two years ago, in a victory for persistent anti-fracking activists and a potential precedent for other states. Now, however, the state is poised to begin operating ...
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The Energy 202: The Interior Department could cost taxpayers at least $60 million by rolling back Obama rule 9.8.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The Obama-era policy was designed to extract more money from energy companies.
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