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On Fox Business, of All Places, a ‘Coal Is Dead’ Pronouncement

A commentary posted the other day on Fool.com proclaiming the death of the U.S. coal industry has found its way—lo and behold—onto FoxBusiness.com. Fox Business, of course, is an arm of Fox News, the frequently mindless defender of big business, not to mention the media poster child for any range of right-wing silliness that includes […]

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A Google Earth, of Sorts, Tracks the Rise (and Fall) of Coal-Fired Power Plants

A Google Earth, of Sorts, Tracks the Rise (and Fall) of Coal-Fired Power Plants

Meet the new Google Earth of the coal industry: the “Global Proposed Coal Plant Tracker,” an online tool launched last month by a group called Coalswarm that offers interactive regional maps showing either where new coal plants are being planned, built, in various stages of approvals or quite often cancelled (or “shelved”). The tracker doesn’t […]

April 15, 2015 Read More →
You Can’t Say Too Much About India’s Ambitious Solar Plan

You Can’t Say Too Much About India’s Ambitious Solar Plan

India’s decision to allow U.S. dollar-based investment in solar energy could well be a game-changer for global energy markets and investors alike. Michael West, a business columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, noted very astutely earlier this month that Indian Energy Minister Piyush Goyal “has shown vision and flair” in promoting the new policy. West […]

April 14, 2015 Read More →
Export-Market Downturn Spells Trouble for Proposed Alaska Coal Mine

Export-Market Downturn Spells Trouble for Proposed Alaska Coal Mine

Developers of the proposed Chuitna mine near Alaska’s Cook Inlet are counting on being able to sell the coal for export to Asia. But their timing couldn’t be worse: the seaborne coal market has entered a steep structural decline—not a cyclical one—and established producers, including one from Alaska are scrambling already for whatever market share […]

April 13, 2015 Read More →
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