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U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

Climate Change: In the run-up to the anticipated announcement next week of new, strict federal greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants, a federal agency has announced that the nation's carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use have started rising again after a five-year decline.
LADWP Power Plants Make List of 50 Dirtiest in U.S.

LADWP Power Plants Make List of 50 Dirtiest in U.S.

Coal: A coal-fired plant operated by the LADWP is among the nation's 50 dirtiest power plants, according to a report released Tuesday.
Tribe, Sierra Club Sue to Clean Up Coal Plant Pollution

Tribe, Sierra Club Sue to Clean Up Coal Plant Pollution

Coal: A small community of Paiute Indians who for decades have lived in the shadow of a coal-fired power plant used to pump water through California aqueducts is suing to force the plant's owners to clean up the toxic mess left behind, and they've got some powerful allies.
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Nevada to Phase Out Energy Produced by Coal, Enviros and Tribes Applaud Move

Nevada to Phase Out Energy Produced by Coal, Enviros and Tribes Applaud Move

Coal: The Reid Gardner plant has long been a thorn in the side, and in the lungs, of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, whose reservation lies adjacent to the plant and its coal ash landfill.
Nevada Votes To Close Coal Plant

Nevada Votes To Close Coal Plant

Coal: The Nevada Assembly voted Monday night to order the shut down of a coal-fired power plant northeast of Las Vegas that supplies the California Department of Water Resources with electrical power.
California Cities Snub Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

California Cities Snub Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Utilities: On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council finalized a much-lauded agreement to wean the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) off coal-fired electricity, and went on to oppose reopening of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. On that same day, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging the city's pension fund managers to sell off their interests in fossil fuel companies.
Tribe Marches for a Sustainable Energy Future

Tribe Marches for a Sustainable Energy Future

Coal: Members of the Moapa band have paid a heavy price for the presence of the 557-megawatt Reid Gardner Power Station adjacent to their tribal lands.
Coal Being Phased Out in Nevada

Coal Being Phased Out in Nevada

Coal: Looks like the campaign to wean our global selves off burning coal to create electrical power has caught on in California's neighbor to the east. The largest utility in the state of Nevada, NV Power, proposed a plan Wednesday by which it would shut down its two coal-fired generating stations by 2025.
Is Los Angeles Really Coal-Free? Kinda, Sorta, Maybe

Is Los Angeles Really Coal-Free? Kinda, Sorta, Maybe

Commentary: If we cut down on coal use here and then ramp up coal exports, we undermine our own progress on climate change. Whether the coal is burned in Utah or Uzbekistan makes little difference to rising sea levels
It's Official: Los Angeles Coal Free by 2025

It's Official: Los Angeles Coal Free by 2025

Utilities: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today that the city of Los Angeles is phasing out use of coal-fired electrical power in the next 12 years.
Sierra Club Slams Five 'Utility Money-Wasters'

Sierra Club Slams Five 'Utility Money-Wasters'

Coal: A proposed coal-fired power plant that would cost $3.15 billion tops a list of five projects of California investor-owned utilities singled out for criticism by the Sierra Club as expensive and dirty.
Important Chapter in Southwest Environmental History Ends

Important Chapter in Southwest Environmental History Ends

Utilities: The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to devote proceeds from closing a polluting desert coal-fired power plant to promote renewable projects to benefit the Hopi and Navajo nations.