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Governor Quinn OKs State's First Coal-To-Gas Plant

Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday signed legislation OKing a proposed plant that would convert coal to natural gas, the state's first of its kind,...

Ordinance To Regulate Coal Plants Gets Long Hearing, No Vote

Posted 06.22.2011 | Chicago

An ambitious ordinance that would regulate Chicago's two pollution-belching coal plants underwent six hours of City Council hearings Thursday, as poss...

Big Coal Feeding Frenzy In Springfield

Jack Darin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

As the clock winds down on the lame duck Illinois General Assembly, two out-of-state coal companies are asking to put ratepayers and businesses on the hook for a bailout of their risky projects.

Chicago-Area Coal Plants Need To Cut Smog And Soot, Says New EPA Rule

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a move that portends cleaner air in Chicago and other communities east of the Mississippi, the Obama administration cracked down today on smog- and...

Carbon Capture & Sequestration 'Profoundly Non-Feasible,' New Report Finds

Treehugger | Brian Merchant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

You all know how we feel about CCS, the technology that will somehow miraculously provide the world with so-called "clean coal." Well, along with the ...

World Bank Awards $3.75 Billion to Coal Company in South Africa

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erich Pica

What would you do with $3.75 billion -- that is, if you had to use it to fund a project that alleviates poverty and mitigates climate change, and not to, say, purchase a personal tropical island?

Sleepless in San Francisco: My First Day With the Sierra Club

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

As effective as the Sierra Club has been, we need to do our best work in the years ahead. Looking forward, here are a few projects we want to complete.

Yes We Can -- And We Are

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

In the past two weeks alone, we've taken several really major steps forward to a clean-energy future. It's clear that we not only can but should cut our carbon emissions much faster than anyone in Congress is talking about.

Celebrating the Blessings of a Coal-Based Economy: Who Needs Teeth When You've Got Cheap Power?

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Gov. Joe Manchin has declared coal to be the state rock of West Virginia. But why should her stop there? Having a coal-based economy has given his state so many other reasons to celebrate!

Energy Lessons for Europe and the U.S. from the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo

Charles D. Ferguson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charles D. Ferguson

While feeling angry is justified in a crisis, the governments would be best advised not to get mad at Russia but to get more secure in energy supplies and smarter in energy usage.

Putting America on a Carbon Diet

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gillian Caldwell

We need to start a carbon diet, and not let the US reach for that donut. Delaying serious short-term cuts in carbon emissions is like saying we will start our diet next January. Why not this January?

EPA Appeals Board Says No to Dirty Coal Plants Nationwide

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gillian Caldwell

Yesterday, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appeals board issued a ruling that will essentially halt the construction of new coal plants in the United States for the near term.

The Moving Finger Writes; and, Having Writ, Moves On -- Victory!

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

The EAB just ruled that the EPA had no valid reason for refusing to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants. This may signal the beginning of a clean energy future.

There's No Such Thing as Clean Coal

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

There is no such thing as clean coal. Rather than perpetuate our country's dependence on dirty energy, we can rejuvenate our economy with a transition to truly clean and renewable energy resources.

Al Gore Encourages Civil Disobedience To Stop Coal Plants

Reuters | Michelle Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to st...

McCain Opposes New Coal Plants; Promotes Clean Coal

The Wonk Room | Brad Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Last week, the Wonk Room reported that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in opposing mountaintop removal, an ecologically and ec...

Blockading Global Warming

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

A new coal plant in Virginia or a destructive coal mine in Appalachia are not isolated challenges; they are part of a national energy system run amok.

Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

Ashcroft claims waterboarding isn't torture, Green energy sector jobs surge, Ford offers more fuel efficient vehicles in the U.S., and the White House tries to define contraception as abortion.

Study: If You Want Smarter Kids, Shut Coal Plants

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph Romm

The study, which uses molecular markers to directly track exposure to coal plant emissions, provides yet more evidence -- if any were needed -- to ban traditional coal plants.

Georgia Coal Plant Nixed On Environmental Concerns

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ATLANTA (AP) -- The construction of a coal-fired power plant in Georgia was halted Monday when a judge ruled that the plant's builders must first obta...