Australia Rejects New Coal Mine on Environmental Grounds

An Australian court has rejected plans for a new coal mine on environmental grounds. In a landmark ruling for the coal-dependent nation, Chief Justice Brian Preston said the proposed facility in New South Wales would worse climate change and would be in “the wrong place at the wrong time”. Environmentalists …

The EU Banned Almost All Coal Mining on Jan 1

Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines will come to an end. In Spain, that means that 26 coal mines are about to close up shop, according to Reuters. This …

Changes to National Monuments Could Benefit the Fossil Fuel Industry

On December 4, President Donald Trump announced plans to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah. “Some people think the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,” Trump said during the announcement, according to the New …

Coal is dying. Who’s going to pay for the cleanup?

Over the past couple of years, a record number of coal plants have gone offline in the U.S., largely in response to falling prices, but also due to increased environmental regulations, better alternatives, and just plain bad press. Coal production hit a 30-year low in 2015, and there’s a real …