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Australian Premier Tony Abbott under fire as 'environmental vandal' 20.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
In less than a year as Australian government leader, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has drawn more ire from environmentalists than most anti-regulation crusaders manage in a full term in office.
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China energy policy puts coal in the cold 20.8.2014 Financial Times: Energy
Thermal coal prices have fallen nearly 50 per cent since their 2011 peak as China pursues an ‘anything but coal’ development plan for the power sector
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Wind Power Is One Step Closer to Coal Country, and More 19.8.2014 Truthout.com
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UK lobbying to keep open one of Europe's dirtiest coal power stations 19.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Government seeks exemption from European law that would close down Aberthaw for its excessive nitrogen oxide emissions

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Oregon rejects coal port for Columbia River 19.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
A state agency cited a fishery impact in saying no to a key permit for a proposed coal-shipping terminal near Boardman, Ore., a victory for tribal groups and environmentalists.
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Oregon rejects coal port for Columbia River 19.8.2014 Seattle Times: Local
A state agency cited a fishery impact in saying no to a key permit for a proposed coal-shipping terminal near Boardman, Ore., a victory for tribal groups and environmentalists.
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Illinois coal plant owners say they've done their part 19.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Owners of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Illinois told regulators Monday that they should look to other generators to reduce the state's carbon ...
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Oregon says no to coal terminal on Columbia River 19.8.2014 Seattle Times: Local
PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.
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Australia needs the renewable energy target (and should increase it) 18.8.2014 Guardian: Environment
Fossil fuel addicted energy companies are attempting to reduce or abolish Australia's successful renewable energy target using the Warburton review as a stalking horse. Continue reading...
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Abbott pushing for RET to be capped off, despite impact on solar industry 18.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Critics warn that PMs preferred option of closing renewable energy target to all new entrants would devastate solar and have no impact on electricity prices

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Promise of a ‘clean coal’ future far from reality 18.8.2014 Seattle Times: Local
FutureGen hopes to remake an aging Illinois power plant into a showcase for “clean coal” by capturing carbon-dioxide emissions and storing those underground. But the troubled effort has come to reflect broader problems in the effort to develop cleaner energy technologies.
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Promise of a ‘clean coal’ future far from reality 18.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
FutureGen hopes to remake an aging Illinois power plant into a showcase for “clean coal” by capturing carbon-dioxide emissions and storing those underground. But the troubled effort has come to reflect broader problems in the effort to develop cleaner energy technologies.
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Morwell after the mine fire: fear, anger and an independent streak 18.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

In the lead-up to the Victorian election, a group of Morwell residents are hoping to model Cathy McGowans successful campaign in Indi and turn around the fortunes of the town

Morwell after the mine fire in pictures

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Tony Abbott's push to ditch renewables could hand coal and gas industry $10bn 17.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Research shows bills would not fall, but the coal industry would reap a massive windfall if renewable energy target was scrapped

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Reasons differ, but Wyoming and China agree on cutting CO2 from coal 17.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Casper, Wyo. • Four Wyoming lawmakers came away from a recent trip to China with a deeper perspective on China’s CO2 emissions policy, and what it means to Wyoming’s coal industry. For some of the lawmakers, it’s a perspective that runs counter to the assumption behind a long-standing political dogma among Wyoming leaders. The dogma is simple: China isn’t cutting CO2 emissions, so why should we?: “There is a sense here (in Wyoming) that they (China) just don’t care, and they’re going to develop...
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The First War to Run on Oil 16.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: Asia
World War I transformed gasoline from an afterthought to a strategic commodity central to combat and world politics.
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Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot 15.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Exelon, politics and Illinois' low-carbon future 15.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
As a series of policy meetings kicks off Monday in Chicago to begin hashing out a plan to cut carbon emissions in Illinois, Chicago-based Exelon is busy pulling political strings to ensure it is rewarded financially for its nuclear power plants, which produce electricity without ...
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Cut emissions at the Sherco plant? Switch instead to emission-free nuclear power 15.8.2014 MinnPost
Xcel's Sherco plant burns about 30,000 tons of coal per day. Xcel Energy is under increasing pressure to limit output at its largest power plant, the Sherco coal plant, which burns about 30,000 tons of coal per day, releasing more than 20 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, not to mention mercury and sulfur emissions.  There are a dozen new generation Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear plants under construction in China, Georgia and South Carolina. One of those AP1000s could replace the Sherco facility with round-the-clock emission-free electric power.  The 1979 Three Mile Island incident in Pennsylvania raised irrational fears about nuclear energy and interrupted nuclear expansion in the United States, exposing us to additional pollution from fossil fuels. Japan’s Fukushima accident has added to those fears. In 2012, the U.N. General Assembly asked the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation , or UNSCEAR, to undertake a “full assessment of the levels of exposure and ...
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Letter: Ocean mercury another fossil-fuel threat 15.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Unless you have been hiding in a cave in Afghanistan or alternatively denying the reality of anthropogenic global warming, scientists have provided us with yet another reason to strictly regulate the burning of fossil fuels worldwide: humans have tripled the mercury levels in upper ocean. For those of us who stalk trout in Utah and Colorado, we have been long been aware of the fish advisories with regards to the consumption of fish due to toxic mercury, primarily due to the fallout from coal fir...
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