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World’s Deadliest Fuel Made Safe and Clean?

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Coal kills. When it’s not horrific mining accidents like the one in Soma, Turkey, on May 13 that killed more than 300 miners, it’s the 13,000 Americans who die early each year because of air pollution from burning the dirtiest fossil fuel. Coal is a way of life, providing jobs and inexpensive energy wherever it [...]

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Obama Has a Plan for Climate, What If It Involves Tar Sands?

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On a sweltering day in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama sweated as he laid out his new plan to combat climate change. In addition to the mandatory cuts in CO2 pollution from coal-fired power plants and the efforts to protect the country from the ravages of climate change highlighted by my colleague Mark Fischetti, Obama [...]

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Advanced CO2 Capture Project Abandoned Due to “Uncertain” U.S. Climate Policy

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Citing a weak economy and the "current uncertain status of U.S. climate policy," utility American Electric Power has decided not to proceed with plans to expand CO2 capture and storage technology (CCS) efforts at its Mountaineer power plant in West Virginia. "At this time it doesn’t make economic sense to continue work on the commercial [...]

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The future of electricity: Going beyond the light switch

For the past year or so, I’ve been working on a documentary project with Detroit Public Television called "Beyond the Light Switch." It’s taken me from the ARPA-e conference in Washington, D.C., to the frack fields of North Texas. I’ve interviewed folks ranging from the McCulloughs, a wheat and wind farming family, to U.S. Secretary [...]

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More important than Copenhagen? U.S.-China deal on energy and climate

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When the presidents of the two nations that are responsible for 40 percent of Earth’s climate-changing greenhouse gases sit down to talk, big things can happen. In the case of Barack Obama and Hu Jintao on Monday and Tuesday, that meant flatly stating that emission reduction targets should be set at an international negotiation on [...]

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Photo Friday: Coal gasification

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Last summer at the Rocky Mountain Test Facility in Wyoming, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists tested the practical potential of large-scale coal gasification facilities in a series of field experiments. This technology is considered a promising component of future “clean coal” power plants with their ability to capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions. Photo [...]

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