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Which Way with the Coal Industry?

A commenter asked for my viewpoints on the coal industry, while claiming, incorrectly, that it’s supported by everyone except environmentalists who are “extremist and idealist.” Here goes: The first thing to understand about the coal industry is that it’s small

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s War on the Environment

As I suggested the other day, it’s useful to look at the nauseating, minute-by-minute drama happening in the White House as an artful distraction, much like a magician’s misdirecting his audience. We need to ask ourselves: What’s happened quietly, behind

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Discussions of Fracking Need To Be Fair

Below is a video that does a good job at explaining how fracking works.  It’s all true, but the presentation is imbalanced and unfair, as it doesn’t present how completely screwed we’d be in the absence of fracking, which would

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Banning Gasoline and Diesel: It’s Happening

As part of a movement that appears to be sweeping the developed world, France has announced that it will ban the sale of all automobiles that run on gasoline and diesel by 2040.  Two remarks: 

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Clean Coal Is a Myth, But Don’t Take It from Me

There are a couple of commenters here who routinely call into question my personal credibility as a reporter on renewable energy and sustainability more generally.  It is for them that I write this: 

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Recipe for Clean Coal Success: Lose the Coal

Here’s an article in “Think Progress” called “Mississippi realizes how to make a clean coal plant work: Run it on natural gas”  in which the organization’s founder and editor, Joe Romm, writes, “After wasting $7.5 billion, the state realizes its coal-to-gas plant

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The Validity of Natural Gas as an Energy Resource

In a newsletter, Bill McKibben notes that we need to: 1) Stop new fossil fuel infrastructure. If you’re serious about Paris, that means realizing we’re already overshooting the temperature targets we set there – there’s literally no more room in

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Survey Shows People Don’t Trust Fossil Fuel Giants

One of the world’s top accounting and consulting firms, Ernst and Young is a venerated name if there ever were one.  And, as is typical for large business consulting concerns, they seem to do an awful lot of market research

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The Politics of Coal: Here’s an Interesting and Entertaining–Yet Factual–Source

The top American comedians whose fodder is U.S. politics include household names like Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, and John Oliver.  Now, I’ve heard these people themselves warn audiences: this is not a valid way to find and ingest news; this

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Quandary: The Oil Industry Is Both Important and Destructive

Re: my post on the subsidies for and taxation of the oil industry the other day, frequent commenter and 2GreenEnergy opposionist writes: The oil industry is already America’s largest taxpayer and most valuable taxpayer…..Attempting to build into the tax system

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