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Uncertainty: one nail in #coal’s coffin

March 8th, 2017 · Comments Off on Uncertainty: one nail in #coal’s coffin

Mark Sumner, someone who made his career in the coal mining industry, has penned (keystroked?) a thoughtful “Open letter to America’s Coal Miners & America“. This very respectful missive lays out the powerful ‘team’ reliance reality of coal-mining, highlights that coal powered America (and the globe) for a century, and lays out that any attack […]

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Tags: business practice · coal

Echoes of 2008 energy discussion in 2016 VP debate: Looking above shoulders or down between legs

October 5th, 2016 · Comments Off on Echoes of 2008 energy discussion in 2016 VP debate: Looking above shoulders or down between legs

Now Governor Jay Inslee served as a surrogate, on energy issues, for then Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 election. In that role, Inslee provided one of the least-heralded (in my mind) but most important ways of looking at the 2008 election: John McCain thinks that when you look for energy, you look under your […]

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Tags: 2016 Presidential Election · coal

Thinking about the outrage over @HillaryClinton’s #coal (non)gaffe

May 21st, 2016 · 1 Comment

UPFRONT:  Hillary Clinton — unlike Donald Trump — has a serious and substantive plan to help American coal miners and mining communities flourish as the nation and global community move beyond coal.  Because of reporting on Clinton’s (non)gaffe on coal and her (campaign’s) reaction to it, few Americans — and few in coal country — […]

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Tags: 2016 Presidential Election · coal · media

JP Morgan’s “Prohibited Transaction” list: A clear sign of change

March 8th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Leading financial firm JP Morgan has issued a new Environmental and Social Policy Framework document. JPMorgan Chase believes that balancing environmental and human rights issues with financial priorities is fundamental to sound risk management and a core part of corporate responsibility. This 23 page document has 16 uses of the words “climate change”. And, reflecting […]

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Growing Dutch Electric Vehicle fleet not driving Rotterdam coal use

November 28th, 2015 · Comments Off on Growing Dutch Electric Vehicle fleet not driving Rotterdam coal use

an electric car is a relatively low-polluting vehicle today and will be even less polluting tomorrow. A simple truth upfront: All things being equal, electric vehicles (EVs) reduce pollution loads. Now, there are many caveats and corollaries to this truism. For example, Better to reduce transport requirements (build/live in walkable communities; telecommute; etc …) than […]

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Tags: coal · electric vehicles · electricity · emissions · Washington Post

Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

June 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action. Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation. Climate mitigation investments […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · Obama Administration

Has the BLM ever heard of the Social Cost of Carbon?

May 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Social Cost of Carbon” (SCC) is a tool to provide a fiscal accounting for all the damage implications of adding carbon to the atmosphere. The U.S. government has a SCC figure of about $20 per ton, which is radically below what reasonable. Even though a radically low figure, it matters that SCC has made its […]

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Tags: coal · Energy

“All you climate people” need to reflect on electoral math

November 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on “All you climate people” need to reflect on electoral math


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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · coal

“In truth, we are all enemies of coal.” Roanoke Times

October 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Despite his significant backing of (that unicorn like notion of) “clean coal” and opening of huge areas of Federal land for increased coal production, the coal industry is bankrolling an aggressive campaign against President Obama — embraced with passion by the Republican Party — arguing that there is a “War on Coal”.  These coal barons […]

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Tags: coal · Energy

Romney-Ryan Seek to Raise Americans’ Energy Prices: (a) Electricity

September 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Romney-Ryan energy plan has been appropriately castigated for embracing and enshrining fossil fuels while disdaining and dismissing renewable energy systems (and, well, totally ignoring energy efficiency).  (One could say that the Romney-Ryan campaign is rejecting energy from heaven and embracing (with passion) energy from hell.) With mindless ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ cheering, enraptured sonnets for Keystone […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · coal · electricity · Energy