In Coal Country, the Mines Shut Down, the Women Went to Work and the World Quietly Changed: A state program for miners’ families not only paid tuition but critically, covered living expenses

From 2010 to 2017, Letcher County in Kentucky saw a greater shift in the gender balance of its labor force than almost any other county in the United States. By Campbell Robertson, NYTimes.com,m Sept. 14, 2019 FLEMING-NEON, Ky. — In the pre-dawn hours when all is dark and quiet, Amanda Lucas leaves her house and begins the long drive to her …

Hydrogen can do everything coal does in the steel-making process: BNEF says hydrogen technology competitive with high-cost, coal-based plants when the cost of renewable hydrogen (just produced from methane now) falls below $2.20 kg, assuming coking coal prices remain where they are now at about $310/ton (maybe by 2030)

Currently, most commercial hydrogen in North America is derived from natural gas, which has its own carbon and methane emissions problems. New technologies that rely on renewable energy are in development. By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, 6 Sept 2019 Industry depends on steel to make the cars, appliances, and other consumer goods that are at the heart of the global economy. …

And now the really big coal plants begin to close

By Benjamin Storrow, Eenews.net September 3, 2019 | EDUCATE! Old, small plants were the early retirees, but several of the biggest U.S. coal burners—and CO2emitters—will be shuttered by year’s end A new wave of super-polluters headed for the scrap heap. Bruce Mansfield, a massive coal plant in Pennsylvania, emitted nearly 123 million tons between 2010 and 2017. It will be retired by year’s end …

Exxon drops out of the S&P 500 top 10. Also, the decline of American coal is taking a toll on the railroad industry

Reproduced from Moody’s; Chart: Axios Visuals No matter what President Trump says, coal in America isn’t coming back — and it’s bringing other industries down with it. Driving the news: Coal demand for electricity is likely to drop by more than 50% in 11 years, according to a report by the rating agency Moody’s. In turn, revenue from transporting that coal around …

Moody’s sees substantive weakness ahead for North American coal

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3493842-moody-s-sees-substantive-weakness-ahead-north-american-coal Carl SurranAug. 21, 2019 6:57 PM ET Moody’s cuts its 12-18 month outlook for the North American coal industry (NYSEARCA:KOL) to Negative from Stable, citing declining profitability, weakening export prices and declining demand from utilities over the next decade. “The combination of a now-weakened export market and significant retirement of coal-fired power plants in 2018 is creating an oversupplied …

Solar now ‘cheaper than grid electricity’ in every Chinese city, study finds. Still, long-term thinking is required for investment to be seen as worthwhile

12 August 2019  by Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a new study. The new paper published in Nature Energy concludes a combination of technological advances, cost declines and government support has helped make grid parity a reality in Chinese today. Projects in …

Lots of coal ash and impacts from dependence on coal and fossil fuels

PBS, Aug 2019 Coal ash is a particularly dangerous byproduct of our dependence on fossil fuels. In communities that have dealt with coal ash spills, the incidents sparked concerns about toxins potentially seeping into water. Utilities have been pushed to adopt tougher safety standards — but activists say the companies are resisting rules necessary for public health. Science correspondent Miles …

Just 15 countries are responsible for 90% of the shrinking coal pipeline

While the pipeline for new coal plants is shrinking, however, enough have already been built – when combined with other fossil fuel infrastructure – to use up the entire carbon budget for 1.5C. The length of time and rate at which existing coal plants operate is therefore a key determinant of whether global climate goals can be met. In 2019 to date, about 12.7GW …