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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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The former Ottawa Street coal-fired power station now serves downtown Lansing, Michigan, as a LEED-certified office building. Photo: JC Kibbey/UCS

How A Coal Plant in Michigan Became an Insurance HQ

, senior energy analyst

The Ottawa Street Power Station provided coal-fired electric power and steam to downtown Lansing from 1939 until it was decommissioned in 1992. What can we learn from its story? Read more >

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The Struggle for a Just Transition of the Crawford Coal Plant in Little Village Continues

Dr. Antonio Lopez,

Five years after a coal plant closing, Chicago’s Little Village continues to face serious environmental justice challenges, including an uphill battle to redevelop the Crawford plant. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

, president

Tomorrow, the EPA is expected to take a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a sensible, flexible, cost-effective rule addressing one of one of the biggest sources of US carbon emissions, and one of the least expensive sources to control. Read more >

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