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In New Mexico, Facing the Question of What Comes After Coal

, Energy analyst

New Mexico has a chance now, before its coal plants and coal mining operations have closed, and before jobs have been lost, to chart an intentional path toward a clean energy future that is considerate of both the benefits and challenges that such a transition will bring. By committing to an energy plan dominated by renewables, policymakers in the state can secure good jobs, significant capital investment, and a brighter, cleaner, and healthier world for all New Mexicans. Read more >

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Pruitt Puts Coal Before Children

In announcing his abandonment of the Clean Power Plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt boasted, “The war on coal is over.”

That means the war on children has begun. Read more >

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What’s the Real Story on the Future of Coal?

, senior energy analyst

If you’ve been following news around energy and climate change, or last year’s presidential election, you’ve probably heard a lot about coal and coal miners. Here I’ll try to cut through some of the rhetoric and offer some clear fact-based insights, drawing on a new analysis that the Union of Concerned Scientists just released called, A Dwindling Role for Coal: Tracking the Electricity Sector Transition and What It Means for the Nation. Read more >

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New Economic Opportunities in the Heart of Coal Country

Brandon Dennison,

This can be the moment when we finally start not just talking about our potential as a region, but actually realizing it. Read more >

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This Is What It’s Like to Live Near a Coal Plant in North Carolina

, senior energy analyst

“All we bought from the store was sugar and salt and pepper and we grew everything else, but that all had to stop when the plant was built.” Read more >

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