Monthly Archives: May 2014

The latest Coal news

Conservative groups bid to wreck Obama’s proposals on carbon emissions

Lobby groups say guidelines set to be introduced on Monday will hurt the economy and have minimal impact on climate change

Business lobbies and conservative thinktanks have carried out a series of pre-emptive strikes aimed at wrecking Monday’s launch of Barack Obama’s historic climate plan.

The new rules the first to cut carbon pollution from power plants will define Obama’s environmental legacy and could break open negotiations for a global deal on climate change.

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Wind power most popular source of energy in UK

Half of respondents to national survey would welcome a new wind farm within five miles of their home

Wind power is the most popular source of energy in the UK, according to an exclusive survey of attitudes towards the energy market carried out on behalf of the Guardian.

A study of more than 2,000 people across incomes and political allegiances found that windfarms would be the most welcomed form of power source, as plans are made to develop new energy capacity in the UK. Almost half of respondents (48%) said an onshore windfarm would receive positive reception if it was developed within five miles of their home.

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Hazelwood mine had no power and little water to fight fire, inquiry told

Inquiry hears mine operators lacked resources to fight outbreak of fires, including one which then burned for 45 days covering region in smoke and ash

Power and water pumps were failing in a Victorian coalmine as operators attempted to fight fires that had flared inside it, including one that burned for 45 days, an inquiry has heard.

The Hazelwood mine’s technical services manager, James Faithful, said when he took control as emergency commander about 8.30pm on February 9, there was no power and fires were burning in and around the mine.

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