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EWG is working toward an energy future in which clean, safe and economical sources such as solar and wind power replace dirty, dangerous and expensive coal and nuclear power. We're also investigating the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals in oil and gas drilling, toxic gasoline additives such as corn ethanol and MTBE, uranium mining on public lands, and the transport of nuclear waste through American cities.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yesterday, a panel of federal regulators unanimously rejected President Trump’s order for an emergency bailout of financially failing coal and nuclear power plants. The bailout would have increased not only utility bills, but also premature deaths from air pollution. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

In his continuing crusade to prop up dying industries, President Trump wants to make Americans pay for expensive electricity from dirty, dangerous coal and nuclear power plants – even if cheaper, cleaner and safer sources are available.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

The rate of premature births to California mothers living near coal and oil power plants dropped significantly after the plants were shut down, researchers from the University of California and Johns Hopkins University reported in a recent study.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

The coal and nuclear industries criticize subsidies for solar and wind power based on their belief that the subsidies distort the market.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Trump administration is not only trying to revive the dying coal industry, but is working to slow the rapid growth of solar power. But at the state and local levels, governments and citizens continue to invest in a future where all Americans share the economic and environmental benefits of solar power.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

While the Trump administration is promoting coal, a dirty and dangerous fossil fuel headed for the scrap heap of history, a growing number of communities and companies across the nation are embracing a future powered by clean, safe, renewable energy.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Trump administration is waging war on the laws meant to protect Americans from air pollution, arguing that rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources of fossil fuel emissions is necessary to ensure a healthy economy.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Across the nation, utilities continue to announce the planned shutdown of nuclear power plants. Early retirement of these crumbling, outrageously expensive and dangerous plants is long overdue. But will they be replaced by polluting natural gas plants, or can clean, renewable energy be brought on line quickly enough to fill the gap?

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Friday, April 13, 2018

A new report estimated the sweeping public health benefits that a 15 percent reduction in energy demand would yield in one year.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Senate confirms top lobbyist for the coal and chemical industries as Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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Monday, April 9, 2018

As expensive, dirty coal power staggers toward its inevitable demise, natural gas has come to dominate the electricity market. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Roundup 4/06: Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.
 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Despite efforts by the Trump administration and some states to prop up the coal industry, its future remains bleak.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

FirstEnergy, a utility struggling to stay alive in the dying coal and nuclear industries, is once again looking for a bailout from government regulators.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Roundup 3/30: Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In June 2017, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his entourage took a trip to Italy, which cost taxpayers $120,000.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

In an era of bitterly divisive politics, there’s one thing that unites Democrats and Republicans across the nation: They oppose Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Roundup 3/16: Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Fracking for oil and gas poses an impending health crisis in the U.S., two leading groups of health professionals warn in a new report.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

If the Supreme Court lifts the moratorium on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, the expected surge in active claims would endanger not only a cherished national landmark, but also the drinking water for 40 million Americans, according to the Environmental Working Group and Earthworks.

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