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Owens: States, feds sideline nuclear power at their peril
A major objective of U.S. energy policy over the past few years has been to reduce carbon emissions. Technology — cleaner-burning coal plants, fracking that has reduced the price of clean-burning natural gas — has helped to achieve this goal. But the federal government and states have also embraced “renewables”; solar and wind power. For the most part, however, a major source of clean energy — nuclear power — has been sidelined.
11 points by Boston Herald | Nuclear power Energy development World energy resources and consumption Fossil fuel Wind power Coal Renewable energy Electricity generation
So many US trees have died that some scientists want to burn them instead of coal
California, wracked by drought, has 66 million dead trees across its landscape. They've been killed by both the drought itself and by voracious bark beetles, and now they're just sitting there - destined to either decompose, burn in a wildfire, or be incinerated, for safety reasons, by state fire managers before the next blaze comes along.
9 points by The Denver Post | Carbon dioxide Greenhouse gas Global warming Fossil fuel Coal Methane Oxygen Greenhouse gases
Consumer groups appeal to prevent FirstEnergy rate approval
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Consumer groups are appealing a rate decision by Ohio regulators that guaranteed profits for FirstEnergy Corp.'s coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The Blade reports ( ) the Ohio Consumers' Counsel and the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition on Tuesday appealed the Public Utility Commission of Ohio's decision ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Nuclear power Public utility Coal Nuclear Regulatory Commission Nuclear physics Nuclear fission Consumer protection English-language films
Miners rally for bill to protect health, pension benefits
WASHINGTON — Thousands of unionized mine workers and supporters rallied at the Capitol on Thursday to push for a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Bill Clinton Democratic Party Pension George W. Bush Coal Mitch McConnell United States Senate Kentucky
Defying downturn in coal, 2 new mines planned
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Mines are closing and the coal industry is facing a run of bankruptcies and other bad news, but a company backed by a $90 million investment is defying conventional wisdom by preparing to open two new mines in Appalachia, the hardest-hit coal region.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Coal Coal mining Anthracite Longwall mining World Coal Institute Coal slurry impoundment Coal power in China Southern United States
$90 million invested in 2 new coal mines in Appalachia
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — As mines close and the coal industry faces a seemingly endless run of bankruptcies and other bad news, a company backed by a $90 million investment is defying conventional wisdom by preparing to open two new mines next year in Appalachia, the hardest-hit coal region.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Coal Coal mining Anthracite Longwall mining World Coal Institute Coal slurry impoundment Coal power in China Mining
India trying to sell coal to Bangladesh, officials say
India is trying to sell coal to Bangladesh.
391 points by | Coal India Kolkata Coke Coal India Limited Monsoon Fuel Bharat Coking Coal
Editorial: Pass comprehensive energy legislation
Legislature needs to pass bipartisan energy legislation before this year ends        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Renewable energy Barack Obama Electricity distribution Peak oil Electric utility Electricity generation Coal Power station
Obama on Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’
More than health care, race or the economy, Mr. Obama believes his efforts to slow global warming will be the most consequential legacy of his presidency.
68099 points by The New York Times | Global warming United States Coal Bill Clinton President of the United States Greenhouse gas Climate change Hillary Rodham Clinton
Judge rules Dominion's coal ash site pollutes Virginia water
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Arsenic is illegally flowing out of one of the sites where Virginia's biggest utility stores coal ash, polluting surrounding waters, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Virginia Coal Norfolk Virginia Fly ash Infrastructure Public utility Public Pozzolana
Some import coal ash while it sits in piles elsewhere
Waste material left after coal burns valuable, but recycling can be pricey        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Coal Fly ash Waste Power station Bottom ash Recycling Ash pond Concrete
Google Maps & local utilities team up to fight methane leaks
Google Maps is about to chart out more than just streets and roads. They’re going to locate methane leaks in cities. A collaboration between scientists, advocacy groups and Google found that equipping the cars with methane sensors helped locate natural gas leaks. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Natural gas Carbon dioxide Carbon monoxide Methane Greenhouse gas Coal The Washington Post Colorado
Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Coal Virginia Fly ash Concrete Pozzolana Power station Public utility Public
New supercomputer aids climate research in Wyoming
A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs.
4 points by The Denver Post | Wyoming Coal Global warming Climate change Curt Gowdy Montana Alvin Wiederspahn Charles E. Richardson
GOP works to reverse Obama-era rules on family planning, predator hunting in refuges
Trump has signed two rule reversals sent to him by Congress so far.
77 points by The Washington Post | Coal Coal mining President of the United States Barack Obama Democratic Party Anthracite United States National Wildlife Refuge
Trump signs repeal of rule to protect waterways from coal mining waste
Stephen FellerFeb. 16 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday signed legislation to eliminate an Obama administration rule designed to protect waterways from coal mining waste.
12 points by UPI | Coal mining Coal United States Anthracite History of coal mining United States House of Representatives World Coal Institute Donald Trump
It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists
President Donald Trump promised he would fight for coal and fossil fuel interests. They cheered Thursday. Environmentalists didn't. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump said he'd do it, and he did.  He signed a bill Thursday to kill a rule imposed by President Barack Obama that would have stopped coal mines from dumping waste in streams. While environmentalists and some residents in Appalachian communities said this was long needed, coal mine owners said the rule was onerous and would even ban dumping in dry streams 1,000 feet below the surface.  The bill Trump signed Little more than a mile away, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with the confirmation of Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. As attorney general for Oklahoma, Pruitt filed more than a dozen lawsuits fighting Obama's environmental rules. Pruitt once called climate change a hoax but has moderated his views, saying he is not sure how much of it is caused by human activity. Pruitt still needs a final vote but it appears he'll get it Friday -- unless senators become persuaded to wait because of a court order issued in Oklahoma Thursday telling Pruitt to turn over thousands of emails he exchanged with mining and drilling companies. He has until Tuesday to do so. The case was filed by the Center for Media and Democracy, which says it looks for undue corporate influence.  Said environmentalists: What an awful day, except for the email news. Said mining and fossil fuel interests: Hallelujah. Here's a sampling, starting with the fossil fuel industry and its backers: #FLASHBACK @realDonaldTrump kept his campaign promise to Coal Miners today removing restrictions on mining creating thousands of jobs! [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] -- Family for Trump (@TheresaMechele) February 16, 2017 "President Trump has followed through on his promise to repeal this illegal and job-killing Stream Protection Rule, which was the single greatest threat to the jobs and family livelihoods of our employees that I have seen in my 60 years of coal mining experience." -- Robert E. Murray, chairman and president of Murray Energy Corp., a major Ohio-based coal mining operation. At the White House today as President Trump signed my resolution to protect coal jobs + #coal families: @potus #jobs -- Bill Johnson (@RepBillJohnson) February 16, 2017 "Coal families in Ohio and across the nation can rest easier knowing that the job killing Stream Protection Rule has officially become part of history. This rule devised by radical environmentalist bureaucrats was never about the environment and was always about carrying out the Obama Administration's nonsensical war on coal." -- Christian Palich, president Ohio Coal Association. SIGNING THE UNDOING OF COAL MINING REGULATION. Grown Men Almost in Tears. "THANK YOU MR.PRESIDENT" He Told Him,"Go Back To Work"#MAGA -- Pamela (@Pamela836) February 16, 2017 // // ]]> "By eliminating this rule I am continuing to keep my promise to get rid of wasteful regulations that do nothing, absolutely nothing, but slow down the economy, hamstring companies, push jobs to other countries, which is happening all over, although I must say we've stopped it. You've seen all the factories, all the plants, they're moving back, they're going back to a lot of places. So you know that right, fellas? They're moving back fast -- Ford, General Motors, Fiat, so many, very happy. Compliance costs for this rule would be over $50 million a year for the coal industry alone, it's unnecessary." - President Donald Trump. Privilege to join at the White House today as a bill I helped introduce to undo the harmful Stream Protection Rule got signed into law -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) February 16, 2017 "President Trump we thank you for everything you've done for us. Everything you're doing for our industry is very much needed. I've been in this industry for 40 years and this is a very exciting time in our industry." -- Michael Nelson of West Virginia, general superintendent of the Marion County Coal Company, at the White House signing ceremony. Meantime, on the side of the environmentalists: Bad news for our streams: Today Trump signed a resolution that lets coal companies dump mining waste into waterways -- Wilderness Society (@Wilderness) February 16, 2017 "The pen of President Trump strikes again -- this time depriving people of commonsense protections for our drinking water from toxic coal mining waste, forever. When president Trump put his signature on this extreme law, he handed Big Polluters a free pass to dump their dangerous pollution into our drinking water." -- Gene Karpinksi, president, League of Conservation Voters. BREAKING: With a signature Trump just eviscerated the Stream Protection Rule, which protects drinking water sources. -- Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) February 16, 2017 "Trump didn't try to combat poverty, lower the cost of healthcare, or ensure better opportunities for our families with his first actions as President. Instead, he destroyed science-based clean water protections that would have stopped coal companies from dumping unlimited toxic waste into waterways used for fishing, drinking water, and agriculture. -- Dalal Aboulhosn, Sierra Club deputy legislative director. "At risk of being dramatic. Scott Pruitt at EPA is existential threat to planet" @sensanders @SenatorLeahy -- Amy Crawford (@crawdexter) February 16, 2017 "This frees Big Coal to bury pristine streams beneath toxic waste, pollute drinking water sources, kill fish and wildlife and scar the land.  Our mountain communities will pay the price." -- Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  If Scott Pruitt is confirmed to the EPA, we may be sent back to the 70's. That's not nearly as cool as it sounds. -- Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) February 16, 2017
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Coal mining Barack Obama Coal Global warming Democratic Party Anthracite United States Environmental Protection Agency Illinois
People complain about Congaree River coal tar cleanup plan
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Some people are complaining about plans to deal with coal tar in the Congaree River in Columbia. The State newspaper reported ( environmental officials said Monday they've tried to find a way to deal with the coal tar but have not come up with a ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | South Carolina Columbia South Carolina Coal Coal gas Coal tar Congaree River Congaree National Park Saluda River
Toshiba chairman quits as firm posts $6.3bn loss
Shares in Japanese electronics and energy giant dropped 8 percent after delaying financial results by a month.
26 points by Al Jazeera English | Electricity generation Nuclear power Coal Nuclear fission Sustainable energy
Dominion gas prices falling 14 percent from January high
Dominion East Ohio will lower its standard gas price by 14 percent for February-March, beginning on Valentine's Day. DEO's Standard Service Offer, which is 5 cents lower than the national monthly commodity price, will be $3.34 per 1,000 cubic feet, down from the January-February rate of $3.88 per Mcf. The reduction is just in time for what AccuWeather predicts will be a slow and bumpy start to spring temperatures. CLEVELAND -- Dominion East Ohio customers who buy their gas from suppliers participating in the utility's annual wholesale auction will see their rates fall nearly 14 percent next week. Dominion will adjust its Standard Choice Offer, or SCO, to $3.34 per 1,000 cubic feet, or Mcf, on Valentine's Day. The new price, which will run through mid-March, is 54 cents less than the current rate of $3.88 per Mcf. The new price will still be the highest of this winter, which began with a November price of $2.71 per Mcf, and higher than last February's $2.21 per Mcf.   Dominion estimates the average residential bill this month will be about $93.42, up by more than 34 percent from the average residential bill last February. So, what's happening? Natural gas prices have been mostly trending higher since March 2016 when the contract price set on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed at $1.71 per Mcf. The slow price climb out of that basement has occurred even in Ohio where a multi-year glut of gas has kept prices below national NYMEX prices. The price increases reflect a deep cutback in the number of drilling rigs and simultaneous new demand from gas-fired power plants, increased gas exports to Mexico as well as the first gas liquefaction plants. Those plants convert gas to a liquid for shipping overseas, where prices are much higher. There are 21 rigs drilling today in Ohio, for example, according to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. That's an increase from a few months ago but still about a third of the 59-rig high in 2015. These developments have reduced the amount of gas in storage for winter use.  The latest report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration this past Wednesday shows total gas in storage down 11 percent from year-ago levels despite what has been, overall, a mild winter. Dominon's SCO is lower than most of the prices that independent suppliers are offering residential customers in retail contracts.  Those contracts are typically long-term but often include an early termination fee if a customer wants to bolt for lower market prices.  A few of the supplier month-to-month contracts can be lower than the SCO, but there is no way to know how the supplier set the price. In contrast, SCO prices reflect the monthly bulk contract price set on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Independent gas suppliers who won the right to participate in the program after a tough all-day auction that drove their profits to a thin margin agreed to charge the same price to all SCO customers. Dominion's SCO price is unique in Ohio because it reflects the surplus of gas in eastern Ohio, West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania. For the last year, Dominion's SCO has been 5 cents below monthly price set on the NYMEX.  In other words, the independent suppliers who survived Dominion's auction a year ago were able to bid below the national commodity price because an oversupply of gas here drove done prices.  That may be slowly ending, encouraging producers to begin drilling new wells. That could begin to re-balance supply with demand. The next Dominion supplier auction, set for Feb. 21, should indicate the extent of that re-balancing.
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Natural gas New York Mercantile Exchange Petroleum Natural gas prices Contract Commodity Coal Drilling rig
Colorado’s oil and gas industry is making a U-turn
After two years of acting as a drag on the Colorado economy, the state's oil and gas industry is once again in a position to help propel it forward. And that may mean more jobs in the oil and gas industry.
929 points by The Denver Post | Petroleum Coal Natural gas Peak oil OPEC Fossil fuel Saudi Arabia United States
Energy prices expected to creep higher, says U.S. Energy Information Administration
The U.S. Energy Information Administration is forecasting small price increases for natural gas, gasoline and electricity this year despite its parallel forecast that the USA will produce more crude oil and more natural gas than it does currently. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- You'll pay more, on average, for gasoline, natural gas and electricity this year than you did last year and even more in the next couple of years, say federal forecasters. The higher prices -- and these are increases in average prices -- shouldn't break most household budgets, but they should serve as a reminder that cheap energy is not necessarily permanent. The U.S. Energy Information's monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook, issued today, is forecasting a U.S. average gasoline price of $2.39 a gallon this year and $2.44 in 2018, which is about what the average price was in 2015 and still at least $1-a-gallon below average prices from 2012 through 2014. The average price in Cleveland today, reports GasBuddy, is just $2.02, well below the national average of $2.26. The average Ohio gas price is $2.04. The highest Ohio average prices occurred in May 2011 when prices peaked at $4.16 a gallon, according to the AAA.  Highest Cleveland average price was $4.15 a gallon in May 2011. The interplay between U.S. shale oil producers and OPEC's effort to cut back production through June of this year, as well as global demand and global supplies are the main players in what gasoline costs. The EIA now sees U.S oil production recovering as more rigs are deployed every week in response to oil prices remaining above $50 a barrel. Contracts for the  best grades of U.S. oil were running at just over $52 a barrel Tuesday, down almost $1 from Monday's run-up. Future contracts into this summer were trading at more than $54 a barrel. Natural gas production is now expected to increase this year and again next year, which is a significant reversal of the EIA's recent past forecasts that mirrored declining production as most gas producers parked their drilling rigs as prices fell. But along with expected increases in gas production this year and next, new demand driven by new power plants and export terminals is expected to push prices slightly higher through next year. Several gas power plants are under construction in Ohio, for example, and will significantly increase demand for gas -- while pushing power prices down. The EIA sees "spot" prices, what a gas supplier would pay without a contract, increasing this year by almost $1 per 1,000 cubic feet to an average of $3.54 per Mcf and increasing in 2018 to an average of $3.81 per Mcf. In Ohio, where Utica shale gas has driven down prices in the eastern side of the state to below national prices, suppliers continue to expect a discount because of oversupply.  But that discount has already fallen compared with previous years and is expected to continue to shrink. The discount affects Dominion East Ohio customers who are receiving the Utica gas.   Columbia Gas of Ohio's standard price more reflects the national contract prices and is therefore significantly higher than Dominion consumer prices. Electricity prices in Ohio are another story and the state's two largest utilities, FirstEnergy and American Electric Power, prepare a full lobbying effort to persuade lawmakers to change the state's 16-year de-regulation rules that have given customers the ability to shop for their power suppliers.  Both companies have also managed to increase prices on the delivery side of the bill. The EIA expects U.S. residential electricity prices to average 12.93 cents per kilowatt-hour this year and 13.24 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2018. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio estimated the average Ohio price for electricity in December 2016 was 13 cents per kilowatt-hour and that the average consumption was 750 kilowatt-hours per month. 
15 points by The Plain Dealer | Petroleum Shale gas Natural gas Energy Oil shale Coal Peak oil Hydrocarbon
Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 7 (UPI) -- Australian energy company BHP Billiton issued a call to policymakers to do more to advance development of carbon capture technologies.
1 points by UPI | Greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide Climate change Carbon capture and storage Methane Coal Global warming potential United Press International
Using science to see which countries are following through on Paris climate change goals
If the United States and its fellow Paris Agreement signatories are to meet global climate targets, they’re going to have to make serious commitments that attack the problem on multiple fronts, including reducing coal use, raising renewable energy, accelerating carbon-capture technologies and electrifying...
168 points by Los Angeles Times | Carbon dioxide Greenhouse gas Climate change Coal Fossil fuel Methane Natural gas Global warming
Egypt signs $1bn contract with Russia, France & Oman to import LNG
As Egypt struggles with liquefied natural gas (LNG) shortages after the 2011 revolution, the country has signed a $1 billion import contract with Russia's Rosneft, France's Engie and Oman's OTI. Read Full Article at
88 points by Russia Today | Petroleum Natural gas International trade Export Compressed natural gas Coal Russia Israel
Tax increase struck from Wyoming education bill
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers have removed a proposed 2 percent sales tax increase from a bill intended to fund public schools. The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( lawmakers struck the tax increase Friday from House Bill 236, an omnibus education spending bill. Lawmakers are trying to tackle a $400 ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Education in the United States Casper Wyoming Wyoming School Education Legislature Omnibus spending bill Coal
Congressional Roll Call: Feb. 3, 2017
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.HouseWest Coast Crab Fishing: The House has passed a bill (H.R. 374), sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., to make permanent the authority of the three West Coast states to make laws governing Dungeness crab fish...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Coal mining Democracy United States Senate Coal United States Cabinet New Hampshire Elaine Chao Democratic Party
U.S. utilities seek solar power as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels
The plunging cost of solar power is leading U.S. electric companies to capture more of the sun just when President Donald Trump is moving to boost coal and other fossil fuels. Solar power represents just about 1 percent of the electricity U.S. utilities generate today, but that could grow substantially...
2940 points by Los Angeles Times | Fossil fuel Electricity generation Photovoltaics Sun Solar power Nuclear power Natural gas Coal
House votes to overturn Obama rule on natural gas “flaring”
The Republican-controlled House voted on Friday to overturn an Obama administration rule that sought to reduce harmful methane emissions into the environment.
119 points by The Denver Post | Natural gas Greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide Barack Obama Fossil fuel President of the United States Petroleum Coal
House GOP dismantles Obama regulation protecting streams from coal mining debris
Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Lawmakers also voted to rescind a separate rule...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | George W. Bush Coal mining Bill Clinton President of the United States Coal History of coal mining Mining accident George H. W. Bush
Falling green energy costs 'to stop' fossil fuel growth
Cheaper electric vehicles and solar technology could halt growth of global demand for oil and coal by 2020, study says.
1155 points by Al Jazeera English | Petroleum Fossil fuel Internal combustion engine Renewable energy Coal Solar energy Photovoltaics Solar power
Coal ash pits: Duke Energy tells neighbors to waive claims
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Neighbors living near Duke Energy Corp's coal ash pits in North Carolina are being told they have to give up the option of suing over any future water problems if they want extra compensation from the…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Water Heavy metal music Coal Uranium North Carolina Electricity Lead Plant
Congress poised to roll back corruption measure championed by Ben Cardin
Congress is poised to roll back a measure on Friday long championed by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin that requires oil and gas companies to disclose how much they pay to foreign governments -- a once bipartisan effort intended to reduce bribery and corruption. The underlying law, which Cardin sponsored...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Barack Obama United States Senate Coal Joe Biden Democratic Party Coal mining Natural gas Republican Party
'Trump should work for humanity'
The UN's climate change summit in Marrakech has culminated in the Action Proclamation -- calling for the "highest political commitment" to combating climate change -- but the election of Donald Trump cast a shadow over the event.
431 points by CNN | Greenhouse gas Global warming Climate change Coal Emissions trading Carbon dioxide Diplomacy Methane
Gasp! Wildfires cause hacking and wheezing across South
Dozens of wildfires that have burned 190 square miles across the Southeast have thrown a shroud of smoke over the region        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Asthma Pneumothorax Respiratory disease Lung Pulmonology Coal Pneumonia North Carolina
Sierra Club files antitrust claim against DTE pipeline
The Sierra Club alleges a proposed natural gas pipeline will raise DTE Energy consumer prices above competitive rates        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Natural gas Wind power Fossil fuel Renewable energy Petroleum Pipeline transport Electricity generation Coal
Documentary 'Blood on the Mountain' explores effect of West Virginia coal mining
A grim documentary about West Virginia coal mining’s lasting effect on its citizens, “Blood on the Mountain” is either a fortuitous exploration of industrial wrath or a too-soon understanding spotlight on certain voters, depending on how you’re handling last week’s election results. Wherever your...
349 points by Los Angeles Times | Don Blankenship Massey Energy Town Coal mining Coal American films Mining
New York regulators poised to approve sale of nuclear plant
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Utility regulators in New York state are poised to approve the sale of an upstate nuclear power plant as part of the state's effort to invest in nuclear power while expanding its use of renewable energy. The Public Service Commission plans to vote Thursday on Entergy ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Nuclear power Renewable energy Sustainable energy Coal Anti-nuclear movement Nuclear fission New York Energy development
Trump speaks at shale conference Downtown; protesters gather
"Oh, you will like me so much," Mr. Trump said by way of introduction to hundreds of natural gas executives earlier this morning.
266 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Natural gas Coal Left-wing politics Petroleum Fossil fuel Coal mining Global warming Far left
Gas pipeline to start pumping today

6 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Pipeline transport Price Fuel Fulton County Georgia Petroleum Imperial units Coal Wilderness
America's white working class left behind
Each morning for the last 65 years, 93-year-old Ed Shepard has walked to work to open up the Union 76 service station, here in rolling hills of West Virginia coal country.
15389 points by CNN | Hillary Rodham Clinton Bill Clinton Democratic Party Barack Obama Democracy West Virginia Anthracite Coal
The end of the Chinese dream?
China's economic slowdown leaves a trail of ghost towns and millions of ordinary workers struggling to survive.
6614 points by Al Jazeera English | Coal Coal mining Economy of the People's Republic of China Financial crisis China Firedamp Government spending Recession
Davis-Besse reactor shut itself down over the weekend, no injuries or radioactivity reported
The Davis-Besse nuclear reactor remains idle today after automatically shutting itself down over the weekend when the plant's main generator turned off. OAK HARBOR --Davis-Besse engineers and electricians are wrapping up repairs to the electrical controls of the nuclear power plant's generator today following an automatic shutdown over the weekend. In a routine filing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, FirstEnergy reported that the reactor automatically and instantly shut itself down early Saturday morning after the plant's main generator shut itself off. Here's what happened: The generator and steam turbines that spin it are not in the reactor building. They are located in a separate and adjacent turbine building. And a roof vent in that building had failed to completely close during an early Saturday morning storm and downpour. Engineers determined that rainwater which had leaked through the vent had found its way into the  generator's voltage regulating controls -- which are located in a electrical cabinet in a room under the turbine floor.  The rain water had seeped through expansion joints in the heavy concrete floor of the turbine building, and then dripped into the electrical cabinet, creating a short in the controls, said spokeswoman Jennifer Young. She said electrical crews had dried out the cabinet and replaced the controls.  Another crew fixed the roof vents that had not closed completely. "While the plant is offline, we will also take the opportunity to replace a valve on the pressurizer, which is part of the reactor coolant system," Young said in an email. That system and valve are located in the reactor's containment building, and that means the reactor will have to be further cooled before crews can enter the building and drain the pressurizer system in order to replace the valve. Young said the job would therefore take a couple of days. In the meantime, the break in hot weather means electrical demand will remain lower than it has been during recent weeks..
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Nuclear power Three Mile Island accident Nuclear safety Nuclear Regulatory Commission Rain Electricity generation Containment building Coal
Alpha Natural Resources to close last Kentucky mine
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - An Alpha Natural Resources spokesman says the company plans to lay off 117 people when it shuts down a Kentucky coal mine in November. Spokesman Steve Hawkins tells the Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) that the company has issued a required 60-day layoff notice at the Process ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Kentucky Lexington Kentucky Virginia Coal Layoff Termination of employment Ohio River West Virginia
China, U.S. join sweeping climate deal
To the editor:  The agreement to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that President Obama signed with Chinese President Xi Jinping is an important step in motivating other nations to make similar commitments in order to reduce global warming and destructive climate change. (...
30 points by Los Angeles Times | Greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide Fossil fuel Natural gas Coal Global warming Climate change United States Senate
Higher heating bills on the near horizon — depending on the weather
Low natural gas prices the past several years have allowed consumers to stay affordably warm, while leaving petroleum producers out in the cold. But more analysts are warning that balance could soon shift, driving up heating bills this winter.
306 points by The Denver Post | Natural gas Petroleum Energy crisis Henry Hub Energy Temperature Natural gas prices Coal
Iran begins construction of first nuclear power plant since deal
The country's second nuclear power plant is being built with Russian help.
6 points by Daily News | Nuclear power Electricity generation Coal Construction Nuclear fission Uranium Nuclear physics Sustainable energy
Iran Begins Construction on Second Nuclear Power Plant
Iran began building its second nuclear power plant with Russian help, the first such project since last year’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
330 points by The Wall Street Journal | Nuclear power Electricity generation Coal Construction Uranium Nuclear fission Nuclear physics Sustainable energy
Regulator should recuse itself from deciding Diablo Canyon nuclear plant's fate, group says
A pro-nuclear environmental group wants the California Public Utilities Commission to step aside from considering whether to approve a proposal that would lead to the shutdown of the last remaining nuclear power plant in the state, saying the agency is too riven with controversy to make a fair...
8 points by Los Angeles Times | Nuclear power Sustainable energy Energy development Coal Anti-nuclear movement Electricity generation Public utility Greenhouse gas
Hickenlooper right to listen to anti-fracking movement
Re: “Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to fracking critics: I hear you,” Aug. 30 news story. I was pleased to see that Gov. John Hickenlooper is supportive of further efforts to discuss fracking in Colorado, even though two anti-fracking measures did not make the ballot. Coupled with the federal Clean Power Plan, which sets the first federal limit on global warming pollution […]
34 points by The Denver Post | Climate change United States Renewable energy Global warming Carbon dioxide Fossil fuel Coal Attribution of recent climate change