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Coal Miners’ Futures in Renewable Energy 23.4.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: President Trump has scored political points by touting coal-mining jobs, but he could create more real jobs in coal country by recognizing the potential for renewable-energy jobs, says Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall If President Trump wants to earn…Read more →
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First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution 22.4.2017 BBC: Business
Friday was the first day coal wasn't used to generate electricity since the Industrial Revolution, says the National Grid.
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U.K. May Have 24 Hours Without Coal Power 22.4.2017 NPR News
The country's National Grid announced Friday it was on its way to a full day without requiring its coal plants to produce power. Britain plans to eliminate the energy source by 2025.
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UK aim: first coal-less day since Industrial Revolution 22.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
London • Britain expects Friday to be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution when it hasn’t depended on coal for electricity. The U.K. has steadily tried to reduce its reliance on the most-polluting of fossil fuels by increasing the use of natural gas and alternatives such as wind. The previous record for coal-free power was 19 hours, according to National Grid, which operates the country’s transmission system and expects to achieve 24 hours on Friday. “It’s a milestone in a transiti...
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UK aims for first coal-less day since Industrial Revolution 21.4.2017 AP Business
LONDON (AP) -- Britain expects Friday to be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution when it hasn't depended on coal for electricity....
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UK set for first full day without coal power 21.4.2017 BBC: Business
The National Grid confident of achieving the feat as natural gas plays a bigger role in supply.
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Britain could see its first full day without coal 21.4.2017 Seattle Times: Local

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s National Grid says Friday may be the first full 24-hour work-day since the Industrial Revolution in which the nation doesn’t depend on electricity generated from coal. As alternative energy production grows, Britain has several times since last spring managed to fully supply its power grid without relying on coal. But the […]
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Saving the Planet Goes Local 21.4.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Of all the Trump administration’s policies, the one most likely to cause damage that can’t be undone may not be deporting immigrants or throwing poor people off Medicaid or outsourcing our foreign policy to the Kremlin. Rather, it could well be a cessation of efforts to combat climate change. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is cumulative; even a later reversal of the Trump administration’s fossil fuel–friendly policies would not be able to undo the damage about to be done. Even by the environmentally retrograde standards of his party, Donald Trump stands out as an extreme climate-science denier: Cold winter weather in New York prompts him to tweet that global warming has been proven a hoax. He hates wind farms (partly because they threaten the views from one of his Scottish golf resorts). On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to repeal President Obama’s pro-climate regulations and all ...
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Leaked Documents Reveal Trump Administration Prepping to Ramp up Drilling, Mining, Grazing on Public Land 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administrators have drafted a " Priority Work List " that reveals BLM's focus on oil, gas and coal development on federal land as well as the security of the U.S.-Mexico border.  E&E News  obtained the internal documents, which had not yet been shared with BLM staff.  The list was "assembled by the team at the BLM to clearly lay out our continued commitment to ensure opportunities for commercial, recreation and conservation activities on BLM-managed lands," BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall told E&E News.  In the first of five subsections, "Making America Safe through Energy Independence," the following are identified as key components of "BLM Priority Work":   Make additional lands available for "all of the above" energy development Address backlog of Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) and Expressions of Interest (EOIs) Streamline Federal coal leasing and permitting, and address backlog Streamline oil and gas leasing and permitting Streamline rights-of-way processing ...
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Microsoft, Boeing among vested big-dollar donors who gave to Trump’s inaugural 20.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Documents released this week by President Donald Trump’s inaugural organizers provide a glimpse of the big-dollar frenzy of influence-seeking and peacemaking surrounding Trump’s swearing-in, which raised $107 million, twice as much money as any other inauguration.
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Trump's low-key inauguration pulls in high rollers for $107M 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. That leaves a bit of a mystery: What the $107 million was spent for and how much was left over — the excess, if any, to go to charity. It also raises a new round of questions about the influence of money in politics, this time for a pre...
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Huge indeed: $107M in donations for Trump's inaugural 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. That leaves a bit of a mystery: What the $107 million was spent for and how much was left over — the excess, if any, to go to charity. It also raises a new round of questions about the influence of money in politics, this time for a pre...
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Report: Trump may 'do little' to revive coal 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Trump administration policies to revive the struggling coal industry may “do little” to restore coal-mining jobs in Utah, the Utah Foundation reported Wednesday. In the second of a series of three reports on Utah’s coal industry, the nonpartisan public-policy research organization determined that political changes will not reverse decades of decline due to a shrinking demand for coal and worker-replacing technology, such as voracious longwall mining machines. Foundation report author Shawn Teige...
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The Trump Administration Is Apparently Terrified of Actually Making a Decision About Paris 20.4.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Donald Trump's aides have abruptly postponed a meeting to determine whether the US should remain in the Paris climate agreement , with an unlikely coalition of fossil fuel firms, environmental groups and some Republicans calling on the president to stick with the deal. Trump's top advisers were set to meet on Tuesday to provide the president with a recommendation ahead of a G7 meeting in May. However, a White House official said the meeting had been postponed due to conflicting schedules. It is unclear when it will now take place. Trump has already signed executive orders to start the demolition of the clean power plan, throw open federal land to coal mining, and halt new vehicle emissions standards but has so far not acted on his campaign pledge to "cancel" the Paris compromise . His aides are understood to be split on whether the US should stay in the voluntary agreement, which was ...
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Coal museum sees future in alternative fuels; Trump does not 20.4.2017 Seattle Times: Opinion

While Trump suggests boosting the coal industry, columnist Thomas Friedman notes that a coal museum is using solar to save money.
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Maybe This Is How You Get Donald Trump to Care About Renewable Energy 20.4.2017 Mother Jones
Coal's decline over the last few decades has left tens of thousands of miners out of work. For Kentucky, where the economy has long revolved around the industry, that meant that only 6,900 people were employed by coal a year ago—the fewest since 1898. Reviving the industry has been one of President Donald Trump's major talking points, and a month into his term he signed an executive order that would, among other things, lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing. But one Kentucky coal company sees promise in a different type of energy: solar. Berkeley Energy Group is planning to build a large-scale solar farm on top of a former mountaintop strip mine. BEG has partnered with EDF Renewable Energy to develop the farm, which could produce up to 100 megawatts of energy and could be 10 times bigger than the state's largest solar farm. This would be the largest project of its kind in Appalachia. Trump's narrow focus on coal continues to blind him to the hopeful signs coming from other energy sectors. Jobs in ...
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EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal plant pollution 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone consideration of 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. The agency said in a court filing it wants to review the restrictions, which are already in effect. Nationally, most utilities are already on pace to comply with the new standards. It is...
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Wind power to fuel Sound Transit light-rail trains 19.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Sound Transit is trading some fossil-fuel energy for wind power starting in 2019, for light-rail trains running through SeaTac.
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Denver, Fort Collins ozone scores improve, but still rank on list of worst 15 cities in country 19.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Ozone pollution has improved in both Denver and Fort Collins, but both cities are still among the 15 worst in the nation, the American Lung Association said.
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Top Trump advisers at odds over Paris climate deal 19.4.2017 Washington Post
The White House postponed a meeting Tuesday to hash out differences over whether to stay in — or ditch — the deal.
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