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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
A new report estimated the sweeping public health benefits that a 15 percent reduction in energy demand would yield in one year.Read More
Senate confirms top lobbyist for the coal and chemical industries as Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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As expensive, dirty coal power staggers toward its inevitable demise, natural gas has come to dominate the electricity market.Read More
Despite efforts by the Trump administration and some states to prop up the coal industry, its future remains bleak.Read More
FirstEnergy, a utility struggling to stay alive in the dying coal and nuclear industries, is once again looking for a bailout from government regulators.Read More
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.Read More
“Let it be written that environmentalists didn’t kill the nuclear industry, economics did,” Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson wrote last summer.Read More
A leading lobbyist for the coal and oil industries, who is a staunch climate change skeptic, is a step away from being second in command at the Environmental Protection Agency.Read More
The rejection of dirty and expensive coal power is accelerating worldwide. Yet the Trump administration continues its desperate attempts to keep a dying industry on life support.
This week, federal regulators rejected the Trump administration’s proposal to require the use of electricity from failing coal and nuclear plants, even when cheaper sources are availableRead More
Federal regulators’ rejection today of the White House’s scheme to prop up the coal and nuclear power industries is a big win for electricity customers and renewable energy, said EWG President Ken Cook.Read More
The CEO of one of the nation's largest coal companies claimed last month he had nothing to do with the Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers pay above-market rates for electricity from failing coal-fired power plants.
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The Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers subsidize dirty, dangerous and aging coal and nuclear power plants would result in 27,000 premature deaths and a net cost of $263 billion by 2045, according to projections by independent researchers.Read More
For the only public hearing on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration picked a location where residents are sure to support the desperate attempt to save the dying coal industry.Read More
The Environmental Working Group and American Oversight formally petitioned the Department of Energy today to release all communications between senior officials and the energy industry over the Trump administration’s proposed bailout of failing coal and nuclear power plants.Read More
U.S. utilities plan to close 75 coal and nuclear power units in the next three years, according to federal data compiled by the Environmental Working Group. But the Trump administration is telling other nations that coal and nuclear power can help fight climate change.Read More