coal

Everything you need to know about the EPA’s proposed rule on coal plants

The new rules could have a big impact on emissions and public health.

Remember the ‘war on coal’? Coal is losing — but only in the U.S.

In the U.S., one-fifth of the coal fleet is at risk of retiring. In the rest of the world, coal demand is soaring.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 16, 2013

Here’s why Central Appalachia’s coal industry is dying

In recent years, Kentucky and West Virginia's coal industries have been facing a painful decline. Here are all the reasons why.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 4, 2013

Climate regulations could cost fossil-fuel firms trillions. Should they be worried?

Large pension funds are now pressing oil, gas, and coal companies to explain how the prospect of carbon regulations might hurt their business.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 25, 2013

Is China the last hope for carbon capture technology?

Since 2008, the world has committed $25 billion to carbon capture — with little to show for it so far.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 22, 2013

China’s plan to clean up air pollution could be a climate disaster

China currently has plans to build synthetic gas plants to curtail air pollution in the cities. Scientists warn that could have huge unintended consequences.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 26, 2013

Everything you need to know about the EPA’s carbon limits for new power plants

The new EPA rules will make it very hard to build a new coal plant in the U.S. But cheap natural gas was already making that difficult anyway.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 20, 2013

Will coal survive the EPA’s new carbon rules?

The EPA is unveiling a rule that could make it impossible to build new coal plants in the U.S. for years to come.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 20, 2013

Study: The coal industry is in far more trouble than anyone realizes

As much as 65 percent of the U.S. coal fleet could find itself under threat in the years ahead, thanks to cheap natural gas and stricter air-pollution regulations.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 8, 2013

Will China ever get its pollution problem under control?

China's current policies to curtail pollution and reduce its coal dependency are failing badly. So here's a look at what the country could do differently.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 11, 2013

As coal industry declines, what will happen to all those retired miners?

The decline of coal has left hundreds of thousands of retired miners, many of them with severe ailments, at risk of losing their health and pension benefits.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 7, 2013

China now burning as much coal as the rest of the world combined

China's coal use grew 9 percent in 2011, rising to 3.8 billion tons. At this point, the country is burning nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 29, 2013

The big climate question: Will the world build 1,200 new coal plants?

A new report finds that nearly 1,200 coal plants have been proposed around the world. If a significant portion of those plants got built, it would be extremely difficult to avoid drastic climate change. But for countries like India, deciding whether or not to build those plants is an agonizing question.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 20, 2012

Interviews with swing-state voters: The Democrat who thinks Obama has sold out coal

John Lotterio, 63, Pennsylvania. "[Obama's] killing people over energy by bottling over all the sources of energy, other than green energy. I saw on TV he said that if you want to invest in coal, go ahead, but you’re going to go bankrupt. What kind of attitude is that from that guy?"

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 3, 2012

Are U.S. taxpayers subsidizing Asia’s coal use?

For decades, the U.S. has leased coal on public lands to mining companies at generous rates. But now that more and more of America's coal is getting shipped to countries like China rather than burned at home, critics wonder if U.S. taxpayers are simply subsidizing Asia's coal use.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 18, 2012

The evolution of the U.S. power sector, in one chart

A look at how the U.S. power sector has evolved over time. Coal and nuclear power used to dominate the landscape. But lately, natural gas and renewables make up the vast majority of new power plants being built.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 22, 2012