Tag Archives: Coal

Could Global Tide Be Starting To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?

Could Global Tide Be Starting  To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?
From an oil chill in the financial world to the recent U.S.-China agreement on climate change, recent developments are raising a question that might once have been considered unthinkable: Could this be the beginning of a long, steady decline for the oil and coal industries? Alarm bells are ringing for the masters of the financial universe, too. The governor of the Bank of England, Canadian banker Mark Carney, warned repeatedly during 2014 ... Read more

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly
The 21st century electricity system is radically different. The scale of electricity generation is rapidly shrinking, from coal and nuclear power plants that can power a million homes to solar and wind power plants that power a few to a few hundred nearby homes. Electricity demand has leveled off, so that every unit of new wind and solar power produced for the grid displaces a unit of fossil fuel energy. Batteries and electric vehicles ... Read more

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030
​Above: Abengoa Solar’s Solnova Solar Power Station ​In just 15 years, the world as we know it will have transformed forever. The ​age of oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be over. A new age of clean power and smarter cars will fundamentally, totally, and permanently disrupt the existing fossil fuel-dependent industrial infrastructure in a way that even the most starry-eyed proponents of ‘green energy’ could never have imagined.  We are ... Read more

How Wall Street Really Is Failing The Planet

How Wall Street Really Is Failing The Planet
Investors are putting short-term rewards ahead of the long-term health of the planet. The International Energy Agency estimates that another $10.5 trillion will need to be invested in clean energy by 2030 to avoid raising the planet’s temperature by more than 2 degrees Celsius. If warming exceeds that level — or even if it falls short – it could have catastrophic, irreversible effects. Financing for fossil fuels snapped ... Read more

Breaking: New Study Links Mountaintop Removal to 60,000 Additional Cancer Cases

By Jeff Biggers Common Dreams, July 27, 2011 Among the 1.2 million American citizens living in mountaintop removal mining counties in central Appalachia, an additional 60,000 cases of cancer are directly linked to the federally sanctioned strip-mining practice. That is the damning conclusion in a breakthrough study, released last night in the peer-reviewed Journal of Community Health: The Publication for Health Promotion and Disease ... Read more

The Final Days of Coal

By Lester Brown Earth Policy, June 28, 2011 During the years when governments and the media were focused on preparations for the 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations, a powerful climate movement was emerging in the United States: the movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Environmental groups, both national and local, are opposing coal plants because they are the primary driver of climate change. Emissions from ... Read more