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Energy / Coal

Coal Set to Make a Comeback with Underground Coal Gasification

Jul 20, 2012 at 17:33 | Peter McCusker

Following a 100 year gestation period there are signs we could be about to witness the birth of a new coal rush.The first Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) trials…

Coal Consumption Increases in the EU: Is the Carbon Trading Scheme a Failure?

Jul 17, 2012 at 17:17 | James Burgess

The EIA has reported that natural gas in the US now accounts for an equal portion of power production as coal, both contributing 32% of total generation. This led the…

Residents Remain in Centralia, Despite Coal Mine Burning Beneath their Feet

Jul 12, 2012 at 17:15 | Energy Digital

As decades-long coal mine fires continue to burn beneath the ground in Centralia, Pennsylvania, ghosts with unfinished business remain.Hundreds of coal mine fires continue to burn beneath the…

Europe Betrays its Renewable Energy Intentions and Invests in Coal

Jul 10, 2012 at 16:36 | Breakthrough Institute

A glut of emissions allowances in Europe has made coal the continent's most profitable electric power fuel.Despite highly touted climate policies, European utilities are rushing to capitalize on…

Mongolia's Coal Riches Causing Diplomatic Nightmare

Jun 27, 2012 at 16:35 | Charles Kennedy

Mongolia boasts huge deposits of coal, cooper, gold, uranium and many other rare minerals, and is opening up its vast resources to the world; this has however led to many…

Coal, Renewable Energy's Dirty Step Child

Jun 21, 2012 at 16:52 | Charles Kennedy

The war on coal is environmentally sound but the lack of subtlety in getting rid of this dirty energy step child is destructive and natural gas would eventually triumph over…

The War on Coal: A Lie Invented by the Coal Industry

May 28, 2012 at 17:30 | Climate Progress

Big polluters and their Congressional allies have created a new straw man to knock down with the invention of the so-called “War on Coal.” It is a multi-million dollar disinformation…

China to Invest in Coal Gasification - with GEs help

May 18, 2012 at 18:57 | John Daly

First, the bad news for China’s economic miracle.According to a quarterly report issued last month by China’s China Electricity Council (CEC), some parts of China will experience severe…

Nuclear Plants in Germany Sit Idle as Coal use Grows by 13.5%

May 15, 2012 at 18:13 | Breakthrough Institute

Coal use will rise an estimated 13.5 percent in Germany this year, resulting in at least 14 million metric tons of additional carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, even as the nation…

India's Traditional Power Sources on Razor Edge of Supply

May 02, 2012 at 18:01 | John Daly

The biggest economic story of the 21st century has been the dramatic emergence in the last decade of the “BRICs” – Brazil, Russia, India and China.Their dramatic emergence…

EPA Proposals: End of Coal or Dawn of New Energy?

Mar 29, 2012 at 18:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed measures that it said would cut emissions for new power plants. Critics are lining up to say this marks the end of…

An Eulogy for the Industrial Revolution's Power Source

Mar 16, 2012 at 17:59 | John Daly

The capitalist world has little time for nostalgia, as its primary mission is making money, but a recent pronouncement out of Britain is sounding the incipient death knell for a…

Can China Kick Their Coal Addiction?

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:24 | Post Carbon

World coal production and consumption data for 2011 are not yet compiled and published, but one key number is in. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reports that the…

Green Australia Still Experiencing Massive Coal Boom

Feb 21, 2012 at 17:23 | John Daly

Australia, despite being deeply committed to curbing greenhouse gas emissions GGEs, is nonetheless experiencing a fossil fuel surge. The growth comes despite a carbon tax, due to be implemented…

Enter the Dragon - China to Increase Energy Investment in Pakistan

Jan 25, 2012 at 18:06 | John Daly

The current administration of Pakistani President Asif Zadari is beset by multiple problems. Relations with its ally in the “global war on terror,” the U.S. have plummeted to their…

Australia's Ongoing Coal Boom Could Provide a Safe Haven for Investors

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:41 | John Daly

Investors spooked by three years of global recession have nervously scanned the globe for failsafe, sure-fire places to park their surplus capital. The rise of the non-Organization for Economic Cooperation…

India’s Coal Shortages to Worsen as Coal India Reduces Production Target

Dec 19, 2011 at 07:30 | Ag Metal Miner

State-controlled Coal India Limited (CIL) announced that it has lowered its production target for the fiscal year to 440 million metric tons, down from the 452 million tons initially outlined…

South Africa's Effort to Wean Itself Off Coal Dependency Proving Difficult

Dec 07, 2011 at 17:59 | John Daly

Coal is one of the fossil fuels most responsible for generating greenhouse gases. The effect of such emissions on the atmosphere and the consequences for long-term global warming are…

Are Coal Power Plants Now too Expensive to Pursue?

Dec 07, 2011 at 17:27 | Peter Sinclair

A couple years ago I had lunch with a top executive of one of the state’s leading utilities. Here’s the gist of the question I put to him. “I know…

Where Can we Expect Coal Prices to go From Here?

Oct 27, 2011 at 07:36 | Stuart Burns

While most commodities have suffered something of a roller-coaster ride in terms of prices, coal and iron ore have weathered the storm much better. Coal in particular has benefited from…

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