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Why is Coal Suddenly Becoming a Major Talking Point in the Presidential Election?

Why is Coal Suddenly Becoming a Major Talking Point in the Presidential Election?
It simply wouldn’t be an election year in the United States without the fictitious “war on coal” talking point rearing its ugly head. But something is different this year. In years past, the “war on coal” was admittedly fake, but today we really do have presidential candidates who have expressed interest in making the industry a thing of the past, and those quotes are being used as a catalyst to rally voters in coal-dependent states like West Virginia and Kentucky.
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Top 5 Clean Energy Revolution Stories of 2014

Top 5 Clean Energy Revolution Stories of 2014
The steady march of renewable energy, primarily wind and solar, toward mainstream usage continued apace in 2014. Here are the top 5 clean energy revolution stories of the year.
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A 'War On Coal'? Or Is It Common Sense Reform?

A 'War On Coal'? Or Is It Common Sense Reform?
Alabama Power's parent company, Southern, will be relying less on coal and more on other resources, including renewables. The reason? Because it's simply cheaper. It hasn't stopped the demagogues from blaming Obama's fictional "War On Coal."
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ALEC Greasing the Wheels for More Fracking, Gas Exports and CNG Powered Vehicles

ALEC Greasing the Wheels for More Fracking, Gas Exports and CNG Powered Vehicles
Late last week, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via fracking and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Dubbed a “corporate bill mill” by its critics, ALEC is heavily engaged in a state-level effort to attack renewable energy and grease the skids for exports of U.S. oil and gas.
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Moving Backwards: Ohio Becomes First State to Roll Back Renewable Energy Mandate

Moving Backwards: Ohio Becomes First State to Roll Back Renewable Energy Mandate
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said two years ago that he had “no doubt” that the renewable energy bill he signed would last 100 years. After a state House of Representatives vote Wednesday afternoon, that appears unlikely.
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International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage

International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage
A new study released today at the UN climate conference underway in Warsaw, Poland, finds that new coal plants cannot be built if we are to keep global warming below the 2° Celsius threshold. That is, unless the coal industry can deploy commercial-scale carbon capture and storage. That is, in and of itself, a near impossibility.
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Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share

Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share
Despite increased corporate energy usage, state-level attacks from ALEC, and continued fossil fuel subsidization, there is some good news on the renewable energy front. Its market share is way up — expected to be as high as 25 percent by 2018 — and consumer consumption is way down.
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World Wide Renewable Energy Capacity Now Equivalent to 1,500 Nuclear Reactors

World Wide Renewable Energy Capacity Now Equivalent to 1,500 Nuclear Reactors
Global energy-generating capacity from renewable sources rose by 115 gigawatts in 2012, compared with 105 gigawatts the previous year, which is great news for both consumers and the environment. The bad news for American workers? China is leading the way.
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Amidst Historic US Drought, Report Highlights Massive Water Needs of 'Cheap' Energy

Amidst Historic US Drought, Report Highlights Massive Water Needs of 'Cheap' Energy
This visceral threat of water scarcity puts a new report about the true cost of fossil fuels in perspective. "The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels" evaluates, among other parameters, the water demands of fuel sources such as biomass, coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, and wind.
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