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Duke Energy Flexes Political Muscle on Fracked Gas, Coal Ash 29.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Duke Energy is facing serious regulatory battles in its home state of North Carolina, with climate-action groups doggedly trying to block the company's planned fracked gas plant in Asheville and the state's environmental agency recently  deciding -- at least temporarily -- that all of the company's coal ash impoundments must be excavated and the waste moved to safer dry storage. But the power giant is fighting back with the help of friends in high places. On the gas plant front, Duke Energy earlier this month asked the NC Utilities Commission to order NC WARN and The Climate Times to post a $50 million bond to continue their appeal of the commission's approval of the company's proposed $1 billion gas plant on the site of a shuttered coal plant near Asheville, citing a never-before-used provision of a 1963 state law allowing the utility to seek a bond from critics challenging a power plant approval. Though the bond is supposed to offset costs stemming from a delay in starting construction, Duke Energy has ...
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Harnessing the sun 29.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
From a hillside along Moffat County Road 177 in Craig, it is clear who the big energy player is in the region. In 2015, 2.1 million tons of coal were recovered from the Trapper Mine, where a dragline could be seen removing dirt from the underlying coal seam. At the $1.2 billion Craig Station power plant, sitting on 1,120 acres, the capacity exists to produce 1,303 megawatts of power at any time. That is enough to power more than 200,000 homes. The two operations dwarf what lies between them at the community solar garden — a 577-kilowatt system that sits on four acres. Given how much land the solar garden uses, it would need to be 9,033 acres to produce as much power as the neighboring power plant. “That hillside is only going to produce so much (coal),” Yampa Valley Electric Association foreman John Cromer said while walking through the solar garden. “We have a lot to gain by being a part of a facility like this.” It is evident that some residents do not like the idea of green energy being produced in ...
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Japan announces assistance for infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka 28.5.2016 Hindu: International
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday announced an assistance of 38 billion yen for power transmission and water supply projects in Sri Lanka. The announcement was made after Mr. Abe and Sr...
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Spain gets EU consent to shut coal mines 27.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Madrid • Spain has won approval from European authorities to spend $2.4 billion on the closure of 26 coal mines by 2018. The government expenditure includes covering production losses as the uncompetitive mines wind down, providing financial support to laid-off workers through severance payments and social security benefits, and financing safety and other works after the mines close. The European Commission, which approves state aid as long as it doesn’t distort competition, gave the go-ahead Fr...
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Donald Trump just made an extremely important promise. It's one of his worst yet. 27.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Donald Trump just made an extremely important promise. It's one of his worst yet.
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Trump promises to overturn U.S. climate policy 27.5.2016 Hindu: Home
"We’re going to cancel the Paris climate agreement," Mr. Trump said.
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There's a lot to unpack in just one of Donald Trump's answers about energy policy 27.5.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Let's provide some context.
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Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch 27.5.2016 AP Politics
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an "America first" energy plan he said would unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas and other energy sources to push the United States toward energy independence....
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Trump to deliver energy policy speech in North Dakota 26.5.2016 AP Politics
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will deliver his first policy speech on energy on Thursday, hours after locking up enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination....
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Trump to deliver energy policy speech in North Dakota 26.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will deliver his first policy speech on energy on Thursday, hours after locking up enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination. Trump will be speaking at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, and is expected to lay out an “all of the […]
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5 things you need to know about the Iron Horse 26.5.2016 Durango Herald
The clouds have parted and the sun appears it will shine on this year’s 45th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, which kicks off Friday with beer, live music and a bike parade to Buckley Park.Thousands of bikers from across the country are expected to take part in the Memorial Day weekend activities, including Saturday’s...
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Montana power plant needs new operator by May 2018 25.5.2016 AP Washington
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana say the company that keeps it running wants out within 2 years....
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Op-ed: Utah leaders' theme-park mentality has us headed off the rails 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The children in my family are infatuated with feel good fantasy, imaginary characters and the suspension of reality. They love Disneyland. As such, they are well suited to make Utah’s public policy. If you asked everyone who lives in Utah if they would like to see the Wasatch Front turn into “Cars Land” — more freeways, urban sprawl, big box suburban shopping centers, car dependency and more air pollution — you might approach 100 percent responding, “No!” But UDOT lives in its own bubble where...
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How a Trump Presidency Could Wreck the Paris Climate Deal 25.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
If Donald Trump wins and pulls the US out of its climate change commitments, some countries wonder, why should they keep their own? (Photo: Curran Kelleher ) Join the movement for independent media -- no ads, no sponsored content, just uncensored news and analysis. Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout today! Donald Trump first shared his analysis of the climate crisis in a now infamous 2012 tweet-rant : "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," he claimed. The Republican presidential hopeful has since dialed back the rhetoric, calling that earlier claim a joke . But -- as in other areas of critical domestic and international concern-- he's fallen short when pressed for specifics on what a Trump presidency would mean for energy and the climate. It seemed his oft-repeated phrase "trust me, I'll get the best people " was as close as the American public was going to get to details. Until now. The best Trump could find turns ...
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FEC Drops Probe of Murray Energy 25.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Three members of the Federal Election Commission issued sharp criticism of their fellow commissioners after the agency, not surprisingly, deadlocked on a "reason to believe" vote concerning the coal mining company Murray Energy. Thanks to FEC deadlock, another troubling campaign finance issue is dropped without even opening an investigation. The four-year-old complaint alleged that the company coerced employees to attend political rallies and make campaign contributions during the 2012 presidential election. Important: A "reason to believe" vote isn't a vote saying that the company definitely did these things. It's a vote simply on whether commissioners believe there is enough evidence to open an investigation. From the commission: "A 'reason to believe' finding is not a finding that the respondent violated the Act, but instead simply means that the Commission believes a violation may have occurred." So this vote, simply put, would have given a green light to start investigating whether Murray broke the ...
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Colorado coal industry collapse leaving mining towns unsure 25.5.2016 Durango Herald
SOMERSET – Coal miner Eric Sanchez bolted a grate across the top of a tunnel, 1,000 feet beneath a forest and seven miles deep into Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine.Shiny black rocks fell past his helmet as he secured the tunnel, doing a job that is fast disappearing in Colorado: taking coal from deep inside Earth and sending it...
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Utah activists say 'evil' state is standing in the way of clean power 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah is well-positioned to begin a conversation about how best to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, but the state’s “evil” leaders are standing in the way, activists said Tuesday. The environmentalists gathered at a demonstration organized by HEAL Utah just before the opening session of the Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit — a conference, they complained, caters to a handful of choice companies and fossil fuel interests and has only token representatives from the clean energ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Arizona business leaders say pollution from Utah is obstructing Grand Canyon views 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A coalition of Arizona businesses has joined the push for additional pollution controls at Utah’s Hunter and Huntington coal-fired power plants, a move they hope will influence the Environmental Protection Agency as the deadline for the agency’s decision on the matter looms. Fifty Arizona business owners sent a letter to the EPA last week, urging the agency to consider the impact of its decision on the Grand Canyon and surrounding communities, which, according to the letter, supports more than 7... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Suspect arrested in death of coal executive Hatfield 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Charleston, W.Va. • A man has been arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday. Mingo County Sheriff James Smith said Anthony R. Arriaga, 20, is being held on a homicide warrant in Allen County, Ohio. Smith said the suspect is being held in Monday’s shooting of Bennett K. Hatfield, 59. Hatfield resigned in 2015 as president and CEO of Patriot Coal, a month before the company filed for Chapter 11 ...
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Suspect arrested in death of ex-coal chief executive 24.5.2016 AP National
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An Ohio man was arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday....
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