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According to CNN, coal’s share of total power generation dropped from 45% in 2010 to 28% in 2018 and is expected to decrease to just 24% in 2020.
Dennis Wamsted of The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said in a blog post that this “represents a momentous development driven by the deep transition underway in the electric generation arena.”
“The market has spoken loudly: The competition for America’s energy future is over, and coal has lost,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “Why, then, do President Trump and some short-sighted lawmakers want to prop up a loser?”
Why This Matters: The Trump administration, and lawmakers in some states, continue to push huge taxpayer-financed bailouts to money-losing coal plants, which in turn drives climate change and is a severe threat to public health. This surge in renewable power was not even imaginable five years ago, but now it is inconceivable that coal could ever come back and Trump’s promises to the contrary are more and more farcical. This is strong evidence that carbon neutrality in the U.S. in the next 25 years is not a pipe dream.
Forget biofuels for aviation. A small Canadian airline, Harbour Air, made a huge leap forward earlier this month by making the first commercial airline flight powered by an electric engine. It only remained in the air for a few minutes but that was long enough for the 63-year-old seaplane to claim this important first. The […]
According to a new Ipsos poll, Americans want to take individual actions to combat climate change, but only 30% were willing to buy an electric vehicle. According to a larger global survey on battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the reasons for the lack of consumer uptake were concerns about the higher cost of BEVs, their limited […]
Numerous progressive utilities such as Xcel, which have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, are struggling to get there without expanding the use of natural gas and this is fueling a broader and divisive debate around gas’s future, according to Inside Climate News. The plan drawn up by Xcel, which serves 3.6 million customers […]