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Aussie Coal Protest the Latest in a Growing Anti-Coal Resistance

A heated anti-coal demonstration in Newcastle, Australia yesterday is the latest in a string of protests worldwide.

Thirty seven demonstrators were arrested after about 1000 people
halted trains in Newcastle yesterday in a protest against the coal
industry's role in climate change.

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New report: coal industry firing, Green sector hiring

According to a new report out today by the Worldwatch Institute, a transition to renewable energy sources promises significant global job gains at a time when the coal industry has been hemorrhaging jobs for years.

In the United States alone, coal industry employment has fallen by half in the last 20 years, despite a one-third increase in production.

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SCIAM Covers Coal Industry Wars in Georgia

Scientific America has an in-depth article out today on the Georgia court decision to halt the construction of a new coal-fired power plant.

In the ruling to disallow the construction of the 1,200 megawatt coal-fired power plant, Fulton County Court Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings stated that: 

"The plant as permitted [by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources] would annually emit large amounts of air pollutants, including eight [million] to nine million tons of carbon dioxide."

And that:

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Harry Reid is Right, Coal is Making us Sick

Check out this smokin' hot youtube video posted yesterday in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) states that "coal makes us sick."

Here's a quick transcript of the Reid video:

Reid: "We talk about cost competitiveness, but one this we fail to talk about is the costs that you don't see on the bottom line. That is, coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. And this global warming is ruining our country, it's ruining our world.

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Carbon Capture and Storage Plans a Pipe Dream?

Energy bosses at this week's World Petroleum Congress (WPC) are keen to promote carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the solution to global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.

But experts are warning not to run to the bank just yet as a dicovery Channel news article asks: Is Carbon Capture a Pipe Dream?

 

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Virginia's Carbon Capture Ready Coal Plant a Global Warming Boondoggle

A massive new coal-fired electric plant has been approved for construction in Virginia that will ensure tons more greenhouse gas will be pumped into the atmosphere for decades to come.

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Glenn Hurowitz on the Virginia Coal-Fired Plant Proposal

Glenn Hurowitz has a great piece on the Virginia Air Resources Board's imminent decision on  whether or not they will permit Dominion Power to build a dirty, coal-fired power plant.

Hurowitz writes in his article on Huffington Post:

 

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Arkansas Clean Coal Plant a Joke With a Nasty Punchline

A new coal plant in eastern Arkansas is expected to come on line in 2010. The joke is that the supporters of the $1.3 billion coal-fired power plant are pointing to "emerging technology that could capture and store carbon..." (my emphasis)

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