Funny, we don’t hear about Reagan’s “War on Coal”: Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman explains why coal is not coming back

By Joe Romm on Climate Progress, May 2018 NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST PAUL KRUGMAN SPEAKS IN WASHINGTON, DC ON OCTOBER 8, 2014. CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES In an exclusive interview, Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman explained to ThinkProgress why “coal is not coming back,” despite President Trump’s promises to the contrary. Krugman described Trump’s efforts to “desperately force clean energy …

Wind, solar deliver stunning 98 percent of new U.S. power capacity in January, February

Renewables to provide 69 percent of new capacity by March 2021, as dozens of coal plants are retired By JOE ROMM on Climate Progress APR 24, 2018 WIND TURBINES AND SOLAR PANELS IN CALIFORNIA, 2013. CREDIT: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES Solar and wind power was responsible for a remarkable 98 percent of all new U.S. power generation capacity that came online in the first two …

Black lung uprise is one of the worst industrial workplace disasters in American history: In just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, there are four times as many cases as thought nationally

In a study released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal researchers identified more than 400 cases of complicated black lung in three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017—the largest cluster ever reported. However, the actual number of cases is likely much, much higher as the government analysis relied on self-reporting. An ongoing investigation from NPR has counted …

Renewables increased to 18 percent of energy generation in 2017—approaching nuclear’s 20% share, but natural gas is still king

GreenTechMedia, EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Last year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance defined renewable energy as the “new normal” in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. This year’s edition affirms that finding. While U.S. clean energy installations lagged, a record amount of capacity brought online in 2016 drove generation from renewables (including hydropower) in 2017 — a year of uncertainty — to …

Little EV power from coal. 28–42% of electric car drivers in the US and Europe have home solar power, and most of the rest of the electricity to run EVs is from natural gas

Electric Cars Mostly Run On Electricity From Renewable Energy Or Natural Gas February 6th, 2018 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica This article is part of our “CleanTechnica Answer Box” collection. In this collection of articles, we respond to dozens of common anti-cleantech myths. Myth: electric vehicles mostly run on electricity generated from coal. Short answer: Actually, electric cars in the United States mostly run on …

Game Over For Coal: Scientists Nail Down Pesky Perovskite Solar Cell Problem

February 1st, 2018 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica  Remember back when plastic was a new and exciting thing? That’s more or less where we are with that other p-word, perovskites. Legions of scientists around the world have been trying to tease a durable solar cell out of this optically-promising but fussy material, and it looks like a team from the National Renewable …

1.5 C news and other climate findings from 2017

From Carbon Brief 22 Dec 2017 How much time does the world collectively have left to reduce its emissions in order to avoid dangerous climate change? At the beginning of the year, Carbon Brief published our traditional carbon budget update, revealing that just four years of current CO2 emissions would blow what’s left of the budget for a good chance of keeping …

Higher Birth Weight, Lower Risk Of Premature Births After Coal Power Plant Shut Down

December 22nd, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica For decades, the Portland Generating Station, located in Pennsylvania close to the New Jersey border, spewed an average of 2,600 tons of sulfur dioxide each month into the atmosphere. Pennsylvania industry and residents got the benefit of Portland’s electricity. New Jersey residents got to choke on the pollution as it drifted eastward on the …

5 Reasons Why Coal Is on the Way Out

23 countries, states and cities will have either phased out coal-fired power plants or set a timeline to do so by 2030. The capital cities of China and India are going coal free! Three of the G7 economies have decided to phase out coal—with Italy looking like it might also be phasing coal out soon. In the U.S., 14 coal plants have decided to …