coal

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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