Gov. Polis claims Colorado has already achieved a 40% GHG reduction ahead of milestones

And thus that analysis provided by third-party entities on Colorado’s lack of progress and need to phase out coal by 2025 or stop expanding fossil fuel production are irrelevant… Polis did say the roadmap calls on the Public Utilities Commission, for example, to make the target 80% reduction in electric power emissions by 2030 a “floor” rather than the ceiling, and Polis …

Electric utilities in Washington must eliminate coal-fired power by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

Washington state adopts rules to guide utilities to coal-free status by 2025, carbon-free by 2045 Utility Dive | Emma Penrod The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and Washington State Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that they adopted rules in late December to guide implementation of the state’s 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act. Under the law, electric utilities in Washington …

Coal plant pitches CCS project, burning coal waste in Pittsburgh

An innovative coal project (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Editorial Board) Jan 12, 2021 The nation’s domestic coal industry is in serious trouble, crippled by the dual economic pressures of stringent pollution-control regulations on coal-fired power plants and the emergence of an overabundant supply of cheaper and more environmentally friendly natural gas. The industry is not going down without a fight, however, as …

US energy consumption flowchart show coal should be outlawed, solar and wind power should be doubling year over year, and there should be a moratorium on combustion cars and new buildings

Coal should be outlawed/kept in the ground. Solar and wind power should be doubling year over year as we race against time to become carbon neutral. We should be putting a moratorium on petroleum-fueled cars and industry. APRIL 9, 2020 The most important US energy chart of the year is out: 8 big takeaways by Seth Weintraub https://electrek.co/2020/04/09/us-energy-chart-2019/ The 2019 …

Zombie mines idle cleanup while workers suffer in limbo

https://publicintegrity.org/environment/while-zombie-mines-idle-cleanup-and-workers-suffer-in-limbo/, excerpt 2020 U.S. coal production has fallen by a third in the past decade, and temporary cessation has emerged as an escape route for cash-strapped owners. One in five non-abandoned coal mines now sits idle. Hoops’ companies have idled coal operations more often and for longer than nearly anyone, and the Blackjewel and Revelation bankruptcy proceedings offer a master …

No Debate, Most Oil Shale Is Doomed. Meanwhile, FF bankruptcy filings show funding of climate change denialism

Oct. 27, 2020 Seeking Alpha.com by Kirk Spano https://seekingalpha.com/article/4381730-no-debate-oil-shale-is-doomed Shale has huge competition to fill remaining oil demand. Zero cash takeovers for Permian producers is a very bad signal for the rest of the industry. Debt-laden shale companies simply cannot pay down debt at likely demand and prices – a last wave of bankruptcies and takeunders is coming. There might …

The Coal Transition

The Coal Transition Recent National-Level Policy Recommendations Recent Federal Legislation Addressing Coal Transitions Federal Transition Programs Opportunities for Transition Other Regional and Local Transition Programs Conclusion The focus has been increasingly directed toward deploying clean energy and decarbonizing the economy following reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that countries must drastically cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions within …

Transitioning away from coal means more jobs in Colorado and beyond

Excerpt, Nov 30 2020, Colorado Sun, Susan Atkinson https://coloradosun.com/2020/11/30/fossil-fuels-clean-energy-opinion/ Coal-industry employment has been shrinking for years, mainly because of mechanization, not regulation. In 1980, producing 100 tons of coal per hour required 52 miners; by 2015 that number dropped to 16. Even though more coal was being mined, coal mining lost 58% of its jobs between 1980 and 2015.  In 2018, there …

Hawaii, Oregon, Washington Virginia are banning coal

E&E News Miranda Willson / Energywire July 21, 2020 The coal-fired AES Hawaii Power Plant near Kalaeloa, Oahu, Hawaii. Following in the footsteps of several other states with clean energy goals, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill this month banning utilities from using coal in a bid to curb carbon emissions, reduce electricity costs and promote environmental justice in the island …

Coal news – December 2020

The Mine Safety and Health Administration should issue a temporary emergency standard to protect coal miners from the virus, instead of the weak guidance it has so far offered, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration should do the same for all frontline and essential workers. The ongoing crisis could speed up what has already been a slow-moving train wreck …