Poland Sets Date to Close Europe’s Dirtiest Power Plant

Poland Sets Date to Close Europe’s Dirtiest Power Plant

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer This week, Poland announced it will close the coal-fired Belchatow power plant by the end of 2036. The country’s national energy group opted not to develop an open-pit coal mine to power the plant after deciding it would not make financial sense. The decision comes as Poland’s Lodz region […]

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In Poland, EU Court Rules Pause for Massive Coal Mine

In Poland, EU Court Rules Pause for Massive Coal Mine

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Poland relies heavily on coal and has been resistant to transitioning away from the industry that powers 70% of its electricity. But as a member of the European Union, the country is bound to the EU’s climate targets and bloc-spanning judicial system. Last week, the EU’s top court ruled […]

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Nearly 30% of Global Emissions Come From China

Nearly 30% of Global Emissions Come From China

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer China’s greenhouse gas emissions have soared higher than all developed nations combined, according to a new report by Rhodium Group.  In 2019, China was responsible for more than 27% of total global emissions.  According to Rhodium’s analysis, China’s emissions have more than tripled over the past 30 years, in […]

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Wyoming Passes Measure to Sue States that Refuse to Buy Coal

Wyoming Passes Measure to Sue States that Refuse to Buy Coal

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer While environmentalists celebrate commitments and progress made by the Biden administration, some stakeholders aren’t so happy. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (R) has passed a new state law providing the state government with $1.2 million in funding to sue other states that refuse to buy Wyoming’s coal. W.Y. is the largest coal-producing state […]

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New Satellite Data Shows Appalachian Basin Emits More Methane than Permian Basin

New Satellite Data Shows Appalachian Basin Emits More Methane than Permian Basin

The Appalachian Basin discharged more methane last year than the Permian Basin —in Texas and New Mexico — leaving Appalachia the biggest source of greenhouse gases in the nation. Satellite data from Karryos, a global asset observation platform, showed that the Appalachian basin emitted 2.4 million tons of methane in 2020, while the Permian Basin emitted 2 million tons.  

Why this Matters: There are an estimated 538,000 unplugged abandoned oil and gas wells in the Ohio River Valley states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky alone, and plugging them could cost more than $34 billion.

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Annual Energy Use Report Projects Global Increase In Demand For Coal

Annual Energy Use Report Projects Global Increase In Demand For Coal

The International Energy Agency’s annual report on global energy use is out, with a look at energy sources, demand, and emissions as we head into the second year of the pandemic. The outlook is concerning: the IEA projects that “coal is set to roar back,” as the New York Times headline put it, with demand for the dirty fuel expected to rise 4.5%. 

Why This Matters: It’s Earth Day and this trend should be concerning to all the government and private sector leaders assembling virtually at the Global Climate Summit.

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