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Six Reasons to Celebrate the Brayton Point Coal Plant Closing. The Brayton Point coal plant is shutting down, and that’s a really positive development for a whole lot of reasons.

Six Reasons to Celebrate the Brayton Point Coal Plant Closing

The new owners of the Somerset, MA, plant let it be known this week that they’d be shutting down Brayton Point by 2017. For the many community members and organizations that have worked for this goal for years, it’s a cause for celebration. But it’s also a great thing for the public at large. Brayton Point in (somewhat) cheerier times [Credit: Mr. Ducke ( Closing Brayton Point means:Less carbon. High on the list of considerations for the energy sector are (or should be) jobs. A vision of the sunnier future [Credit: phault ( On that point, our analyses have repeatedly shown, a clean energy future isn’t just about improving the environment, strengthening energy security, enhancing fuel diversity, or increasing electricity cost control. A future worth celebrating We can celebrate the many gains that Brayton Point’s closing brings.

Open Source Coal. Expanding Coal Exports Test Obama's Inaugural Climate Pledges. Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Expanding Coal Exports Test Obama's Inaugural Climate Pledges

By Carey L. Biron inauguration_640 WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (IPS) - Following surprisingly forceful statements on the threat of global climate change by President Barack Obama during his second inaugural address on Monday, campaigners here are expressing cautious optimism that a second Obama administration will be able to see through some of the substantive actions on carbon reduction that largely eluded the president's first term. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," President Obama said Monday, speaking before a million spectators gathered in front of the U.S. Congress in central Washington. "Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.

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Oregon. Coal Mining in Pacific West - Coal Diver. Can Coal Ever Be Clean?

Coal Mining in Pacific West - Coal Diver

April 10, 2014 National Geographic discusses the argument that clean coal is nothing more than a myth. The article discusses the idea of capturing the CO₂ and how long can these deposits actually store the carbon dioxide. There is evidence from leading Geophysicists that often, the injection of the carbon dioxide is put into reservoirs with brittle rock. This leads to small earthquakes, which cause cracking in the overlying shale rock and leads to CO₂ leaking from the storage facilities. Read article at U.S. March 6, 2014 The U.S. The impact of this bill if it is to be passed in the Senate and not vetoed by President Obama would essentially paralyze the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act by creating a massive loophole that allows America’s power plants to continue releasing unregulated amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

Read article at BLM Could Enhance Appraisal Process, More Explicitly Consider Coal Exports, and Provide More Public Information February 4, 2014.