Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Welcome to the Appalachian Coalfields Climate Change Forum Internet homepage --

Please note that the apparent "post dates" at the beginning of each headlined section are used for formatting and are not the date of the original posting.

The ACCC Forum's purpose is explained in a (somewhat dated, 2008) Statement of Purpose post, and a related Op-ed. The Forum is dedicated to the memory of the coal miner, hydrogeologist, and activist Richard diPretoro (1949-2003), who tried to look at issues about coal with his "eyes wide open."

You may send comments and reports of broken links to  Posting reader comments is not a feature.

From 2007 to 2009, this site collected about 125 major links to somewhat durable information about climate change and the Appalachian Coalfields; the links are in a "Library of Major Resources." Beginning in July 2013, this Library is being pruned; and it is anticipated that new links will be posted and added. About 350 more ephemeral links from that period are also listed in the "Library of Other Resources."

Monday, July 1, 2013

Draft Statement of Purpose for Appalachian Coalfields Climate Change Forum


The Appalachian coalfields region of the United States (portions of West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania) produced about 400 million tons of coal in 2006 -- roughly 1/3 of U.S. coal production in that year. Most of this coal is burned domestically to generate electricity; the remainder is used for metallurgical purposes and/or is exported. Coal mining and related/supporting business activities are a very important part of the economy in the region. For example, in West Virginia, tens of thousands of people have good-paying jobs in direct coal production and related businesses; and state and local governments receive hundreds of millions of dollars annually in coal-related taxes.

Because of climate change policies aimed at limiting atmospheric carbon emissions from coal burning, the Appalachian coalfields region will experience substantial challenges and opportunities over the coming years:

(1) Rising temperatures and changing precipitation and storm/weather patterns will affect the region’s rivers and streams; its mixed mesophytic and northern hardwood forests and their flora and fauna; its climate-related recreational businesses like skiing and rafting, and related hospitality and travel infrastructure; and its regional timbering and agricultural producers.

(2) Electricity and other energy-related costs (like transportation) for consumers, businesses (especially energy-intensive manufacturing businesses), and government will increase. Renewable energy and energy conservation policies and practices will become more important.

(3) Climate change policies designed to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions, like carbon taxes or “cap-and-trade” emission limits, will affect coal production and production-related costs, employment, profits; and related income and revenue for individuals, families, government, human services, education, environmental remediation, transportation, and infrastructure. Climate change policies will affect the participants in and structure of the coal and electricity industries, and their suppliers, investors, and workers, with similar effects in other energy-related markets and industries. There will be changes in the value of investments in coal reserves and other fuels; in the demand and competitive climate for coal from the region; and in the economic viability of technologies like coal-to-liquids and practices like coal gasification.

(4) The evaluation and implementation of carbon emissions limitation technologies like carbon capture and sequestration will present a wide range of political, financial, taxation, social, land use, and infrastructure issues. Carbon offset practices (forestry, etc.) may have substantial significance in the region. Climate policy-related employment changes and transportation costs will change housing and travel patterns, and affect property values and financial support for community infrastructure.

(5) Increased demand for coalbed methane and lower-carbon-emitting natural gas will exacerbate coal/gas owner tensions. Land use conflicts about coal mining and transportation, water pollution and use, electrical transmission lines, natural gas wells and pipelines, the allocation of water resources, and wind turbine siting will increase.

(6) Pressure on social, community, political, business, civic, and labor leaders to influence and respond to national and regional climate policy will grow. Different social groupings (women, men, children, the elderly, low-income people, disabled persons, minorities) will experience disparate effects from climate change and climate change policies. The nature, amount, allocation, and duration of “transitional assistance” for the region as part of implementing climate change policy – for worker retraining, infrastructure maintenance, environmental cleanup, etc. -- will become an area of growing political and economic debate.

Because of these challenges and opportunities, important questions face the people of the region, including:

(1) What are the estimates and predictions being made today by knowledgeable experts about the nature, range and magnitude, trajectory, and duration of the effects of climate change and climate change policies on the region? What are the areas of the greatest and least agreement and certainty? When, where, and how will the effects of climate change and climate change policy be most substantial?

(2) What is the range of knowledgeable opinion today about likely methodologies, scenarios, and timetables for developing, implementing, and evaluating proposed “clean coal” technologies like carbon capture and sequestration? What are the important social forces in action today relating to these technologies, and what are their perspectives?

(3) What should people in the region do to better understand, anticipate, and respond to these challenges and opportunities? How should people in the region seek to affect the coming transition to a “new order”? How can these challenges and opportunities be addressed with a maximum of transparency and democratic process? What are other regions that are facing a similar situation doing?·

The Problem: Poor Public Understanding and Discussion about Climate Change and Climate Change Policy in the Region

The foregoing questions and issues are not being seriously answered, understood, or discussed in the Appalachian coalfields.

Balanced, evidence-driven, reliable, and realistic information about the challenges and opportunities facing the Appalachian coalfields region as a result of climate change and climate change policy is not being presented to citizens and leaders in the region. News media and political, governmental, academic, and civic forums in the region tend to avoid dealing with these difficult and often controversial issues in-depth and critically.

Most social groupings – like small business, professionals, educators, social workers, government, labor, students, religious/civic, etc. – do not have the information or the opportunity to seriously discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change and climate change policy for the region. Public discussion of these issues in the region often consists of polarized, simplistic, inaccurate, and unrealistic information and arguments presented by people who have strong "pro-coal" or “anti-coal" perspectives and agendas. Such discussion often ignores many of the human, economic, and social consequences and choices posed by climate change and climate change policy for the region.

Public understanding in the region about the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and climate change policy suffers from ignorance, confusion, anger, fear, denial, and a sense of powerlessness -- at all levels, from elites to "man/woman on the street." Political and community leaders, including national political representatives from the region, are hyper-cautious about candidly addressing these questions and issues. Both within the region, and in how the region interacts on the national and global stage, the risk of unwise, wasteful, and counterproductive choices and actions is materially increased.

Mission and Strategy of the Appalachian Coalfields Climate Change Forum

As climate change grows in importance as a global, national, and regional issue, there is a growing need (and opportunity) to improve public understanding and discussion about climate change and climate change policy in the Appalachian coalfields region. The region’s leadership, news media, and other social sectors are hungry for good information and for opportunities to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the region. There is an existing and growing body of solid and reputable information, research, analysis, and opinion about climate change and climate change policy that can be deployed in the region to improve public understanding and discussion. Such an improvement would benefit and empower the region’s leadership and citizens generally; and would help -- on a regional and a national basis -- to develop and implement realistic, efficient, and effective climate change policies.

The mission of the Appalachian Coalfields Climate Change Forum is therefore to improve public understanding and discussion in the Appalachian coalfields region about the challenges and opportunities facing the region due to climate change and climate change policy. Accomplishing this mission will benefit the people of the region, and will help in implement realistic, efficient, and effective national climate change policies.

The strategy of the ACCC Forum is to establish the Forum as an effective, independent, nonpartisan, and evidence-based (1) source of information about the challenges and opportunities that climate change and climate change policy present to the people of the Appalachian coalfields region; and (2) forum that facilitates informed, constructive discussions in the region, involving all social sectors, about how to best deal with these challenges and opportunities.

The ACCC Forum will not advocate for particular climate change policies. The Forum’s message is: “Climate change is real and serious. National and global climate change policies based on limiting atmospheric carbon emissions are coming down the pike, and soon. Our region produces a great deal of the highest-carbon-emitting fuel, coal. We need to look with our ‘eyes wide open,’ and learn the facts about the challenges and opportunities that we are facing. We need to discuss what people and institutions in the region can and should do to in response to these challenges and opportunities.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ACCC Forum Library of Major Resources

Welcome to the Appalachian Coalfields Climate Change Forum's "Library of Major Resources" section. More ephemeral material is archived in the "Library of Other Resources" section. The date by each link description is when the link was first listed on the Forum. Send comments and suggestions, including suggested new links and reports of broken links, to The term "CCS" in the following descriptions means "carbon capture and sequestration;" "CTL" means "coal-to-liquids;" "IGCC" means "integrated gasification combined cycle." The following links are in reverse chronological order within three categories: (1) General Climate Change and Climate Policy Information; (2)
General Coal/Climate Information; and (3) Clean Coal/Carbon Capture and Sequestration.


05/05/2009 -- MR: NPR does a series on the US grid -- map and links at:

04/22/2009 -- MR: Two reports on the need for a "smart grid:"

04/22/2009 -- MR: Climate change issue of Scientific American, lots of topics:

03/22/2009 -- MR: Greenpeace study says renewables can replace coal and nuclear:

03/22/2009 -- MR: American Enterprise Institute report on climate policy and the need to protect economic well-being:

03/11/2009 -- MR: The Climate Change News blog covers the difficult truth about climate change, from many angles:

02/06/2009 -- MR: American Lands Report on effects of climate change on National Forests:

02/28/2009 -- MR: EPA report on climate change effects in Mid-Atlantic region:

11/17/2008 -- MR: International Energy Agency Report on what emissions reductions are needed to avert worst-case climate change:

10/30/2008 -- MR: Pew Center comparison of US climate policy legislation:

10/30/2008 -- MR: Blog post compares Markey and Dingell-Boucher climate change policy bills, including provisions on coal:

10/22/2008 -- MR: Provocative essay by Dean of Yale Forestry School on Climate Change and business:

10/15/2008 -- MR: home site for Northeast Climate Change Impact Reports:

10/15/2008 – MR: Report on climate change effects in New England:

10/15/2008 – MR: Home site for Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Change Impact Studies:

10/15/2008 -- MR: US Govt. Report on Mid-Atlantic Region climate change impacts:

10/04/2008 – MR: US GAO report discusses policy options to address climate change:

10/04/2008 -- MR: blog post excerpts article on the complexity and far-reaching significance of cap-and-trade emissions controls:

09/15/08 – MR: articles say older growth forests are valuable carbon sinks:

09/15/2008 – MR: articles and sites on effect of climate change on forests and mountain ecology:

09/03/2008 – MR: home page for the Virginia state Commission on Climate Change:

08/20/08 – MR: draft Worldwatch 2008 climate report:

08/11/2008 -- MR: Illustrated National Academies report on basics of climate change:

08/11/2008 – MR: NASA Jet Propulsion Lab website on climate change:

08/11/2008 – MR: National Academies Climate Change Home Page:

08/11/2008 -- MR: 2006 broad review by US Climate Change Science Program of effects of climate change on energy use and production in the US:

07/19/2008 – MR: Economist magazine articles on climate change and new energy technologies:

07/01/2008 – MR: US Center for Budget and Priorities Reports on the Effects of Climate Change Policies on consumers and lower-income Americans:

07/01/2008 – MR: Web site for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with reports on carbon emissions reduction strategies:

07/01/2008 – MR: EPA report on effects of climate change on US public health and welfare:


04/04/2009 -- MR: Links to four sites that contain dated (1970s) but still-illustrative information on land ownership in the Appalachian Coalfields:

04/04/2009 -- MR: US DOE annual energy forecast, including low need for new coal plants needed:

04/04/2009 -- MR: NRDC Workshop on Coal and Climate -- Bibliography, Resources, Links:

04/04/2009 -- MR: NRDC official discusses the Future of Coal Under Climate Legislation:

03/11/2009 -- MR: Imagine West Virginia report on the future of coal:

02/12/09 -- MR: Clean Action Report says planning horizon for coal reserves may be 20-30 years:

02/06/2009 -- MR: Pew Climate Center Report on Coal Policy Options for India:

02/06/2009 -- MR: Brookings Institution Report on how the US and China should co-operate on climate change contains important global coal use information:
02/28/2009 -- MR: US DOE report on differences in CO2 emissions in coal from different regions:

02/28/2009 -- MR: British report on viability of new coal plants in Europe:
01/12/2009 -- MR: Blog post links to several sites that suggest coal reserves are less than as often stated:

01/12/2009 -- MR: Article describes the big changes to national and local power grids that are necessary for renewable energy sources to be useful on a large scale:

12/05/08 -- MR: Greenpeace report on the "true cost of coal":

10/30/2008 -- MR: Blog post links to new study by James Hansen calling for phaseout of non-CCS coal power by 2030 or planet faces direst warming consequences:

10/17/2008 -- MR: review of provisions in pending US climate policy legislation regarding CCS:

10/05/2008 -- MR: 2007 study on global energy reserves, including coal:

10/15/2008 -- MR: Powerpoint overview of history of world coal use, coal and climate policy, and more by David Hughes at 2008 Peak Oil conference:

09/03/2008 – MR: Article and interactive website identify major CO2-emitting facilities around the globe:
09/03/2008 – MR: Institute for Energy Research “Coal Facts” report:

08/18/2008 -- MR: Wikipedia article on Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle coal-fired power plants:

08/14/2008 – MR: US Dept. on Energy Clean Coal Technology home page:

08/17/2008 -- MR: US EIA chart showing average electricity prices in each US state and region:

08/11/2008 -- MR: Energy Watch Group 2007 report on coal reserves in different countries:

08/11/2008 -- MR: Academic website with analyses of US and global coal reserves:

08/11/2008 -- MR: World Energy Council 2007 information on world coal reserves:

08/11/2008 -- MR: US Geological Survey 2000 study on Appalachian coal reserves:

08/11/2008 -- MR: Article explaining IGCC coal gasification power plant technology:

08/11/2008 -- MR: Worldwatch Institute article on global carbon emissions and emissions reduction policies:

08/11/2008 – MR: Internet video channel with programs on coal and climate change:

08/11/2008 -- MR: Website of Americans for Clean Coal Electricity:

07/07/2008 -- MR: MIT study “The Future of Coal” includes the technical and policy aspects of coal CCS:

07/01/2008 – MR: Compilation of facts on WV coal production by WV Coal Association:

07/01/2008 – MR: Fact sheet on coal and climate change from Pew Center on Global Climate Change:

07/01/2008 – MR: Center for Media and Democracy website that uses “wiki” technology to collect information on coal issues, with links to journalists and articles:

07/01/2008 – MR: Pew Center on Global Climate Change search for articles on coal:

07/01/2008 – MR: Website on climate change issues by American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a partnership of industries involved in producing electricity from coal:

07/01/2008 – MR: Report from National Academies of Science on the future of coal production and use in the US. Includes projections under different climate change policy scenarios:

07/01/2008 – MR: US Energy Information report to Congress on “Energy Market and Economic Impacts of S. 1766, the Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007.”:

07/01/2008 – MR: Paper from the International Labor Organization projecting world coal production employment under various carbons emissions reduction scenarios, dated but interesting:


04/11/2009 -- MR: Electric Power Institute has links to CCS articles and studies:

04/11/2009 -- MR: Five-part Scientific American series on CCS:

04/11/2009 -- MR: Scottish University site with many papers on CCS:

04/04/2009 -- MR: NRDC says Waxman-Markey legislation "breaks the deadlock" on CCS:

03/22/2009 -- MR: Lengthy 2006 Scientific American article about CCS:

03/22/2009 -- MR: GAO Report on FutureGen CCS plant:

03/11/2009 – MR: Ken Ward's Charleston Gazette Blog links to important articles on the future of CCS in Reuters and the Economist:

03/11/2009 -- MR: website says it has "all you need to know about CCS":

02/28/2009 -- MR: Two studies address the future of CCS and IGCC:

10/30/2008 -- MR: Home page for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Report on CCS:

10/30/2008 -- MR: Homepage for Kentucky State CCS programs:

10/30/2008 -- MR: Website for coal/CCS section of Frontline Energy special:

10/15/2008 -- MR: Green Alliance Report: "A Last Chance for Coal, Making CCS a Reality”:

10/15/2008 -- MR: Powerpoint gives evidence for funding CCS efforts immediately:,_September_2008.pdf

10/15/2008 -- MR: Claverton Energy report describes and analyzes IGCC/CCS combination process:

10/15/2008 -- MR: New Union of Concerned Scientists Report on Coal and Climate Change, especially CCS:

10/22/2008 -- MR: International Energy Agency report says CCS development is too slow:

10/22/2008 -- MR: Charleston WV Gazette editorial says CCS development is too slow:

10/22/2008 -- MR: European study on CCS says CO2 reduction standards are not low enough and are counterproductive:

10/22/2008 -- MR: Report from Harvard Conference on Public Perception of CCS:

10/04/2008 -- MR: blog post takes a comprehensive look at new coal technologies:

10/04/2008 -- MR: US GAO report on CCS research and deployment:

10/04/2008 – MR: major European study assessing CCS is hopeful:

09/07/2008 – MR: MIT home page on CCS:

09/07/2008 – MR: article on the future of Coal-to-Liquid (“CTL”):

09/03/2008 – MR: Congressional Research Service August 15, 2008 detailed report on CCS and coal-fired plants:

08/14/2008 -- MR: Science news article on study of environmental costs of CCS:

08/18/2008 – MR: Abstract of major Dutch study of lifetime cost and emissions from coal-fired CCS plant:

08/20/2008 – MR: National Academy of Engineering article on the challenges of CCS:

07/19/2008 – MR: Economist magazine article on CCS:

07/01/2008 – MR: World Resources Institute report, “Capturing King Coal: Deploying Carbon Capture and Storage Systems in the U.S. at Scale”:

07/01/2008 – MR: Collection of papers on global clean coal and CCS strategies presented at a 2006 World Coal Institute/International Energy Agency conference:

07/01/2008 – MR: World Coal Institute page on CCS, with links:

07/01/2008 – MR: Home page for the world CCS leadership forum:

07/01/2008 – MR: EPA proposed rules on drilling for CCS:

07/01/2008 – MR: Wikipedia pages on clean coal/CCS:

Sunday, July 20, 2008

ACCCF Library of Other Resources

Welcome to the Appalachian Coalfields Climate Change Forum's "Library of Other Resources." These "Other Resources" materials are more narrow and/or ephemeral than the materials in the Forum's Library of Major Resources. The date at the beginning of each link's listing is the approximate date of the link’s first listing on the Forum. If you use an RSS Feed reader, you can subscribe to "What's New" updates by pasting into your reader's subscription list. Comments and suggestions, including suggested links and reports of broken links, are welcome at

The term "CCS" in the following descriptions means "carbon capture and sequestration;" "CTL" means "coal-to-liquids;" "IGCC" means "integrated gasification combined cycle." The following links are in roughly reverse chronological order and are not sorted into categories.

05/05/2009 -- Head of US FERC says no new coal plants may be needed in US:

05/05/2009 -- WV Charleston Gazette blog regarding UMWA position on US climate policy legislation:

05/05/2009 -- MIT Professor challenges claims of extreme costs to consumers from cap-and-trade:

05/05/2009 -- WSJ Blog links to stories on US climate policy legislation, and on important decision by England to require CCS on all new coal plants:

05/05/2009 -- Canada will require CCS at new coal plants:

05/05/2009 -- Kentucky utility co-op opens modern coal plant:,+%22H.L.+Spurlock+Station%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

05/05/2009 -- Article predicts decline in world energy production and economic growth, includes coal projections:

05/05/2009 -- Shell Energy head talks to WSJ re CCS:

05/05/2009 -- Germany plans new non-CCS coal plants:

05/05/2009 -- Transcript of Patriot Coal phone conference with analysts and investors:

05/05/2009 -- Blog says carbon tax a non-starter, cap-and-trade is the only politically possible deal:

05/05/2009 -- WV issues CCS permit to AEP:

05/05/2009 -- Article on new Illinois coal plant says costs may be high:

04/22/2009 -- Guardian reviews book that says "environmentalism" hurts effective climate change policies:

04/22/2009 -- Article says investors shy of CCS because of cost/return uncertainties:

04/22/2009 -- Grim news on warming:

04/22/2009 -- WV Congresswoman is a climate change skeptic

04/22/2009 -- WV Gazette blog post has links to two articles addressing climate change policies and Appalachian coal:

04/22/2009 -- Consol says it's postponing two mines in N. Appalachia:

04/22/2009 -- Major CCS plant proposal for New Jersey:

04/22/2009 -- NYT blog says CCS is critical for China:

04/22/2009 -- Analysis of "clean coal" lobbying campaign:

04/22/2009 -- Eastern forests can absorb CO2:

04/22/2009 -- WSJ Blog on current coal issues:

04/11/2009 -- MR: Electric Power Institute has links to CCS articles and studies:

04/11/2009 -- MR: Five-part Scientific American series on CCS:

04/11/2009 -- MR: Scottish University site with many papers on CCS:

04/11/2009 -- Charleston WV Gazette blog on coal reserves and mountaintop mining:

04/11/2009 -- MIT estimates the odds of different climate scenarios:

04/11/2009 -- North Carolina coal plant protests:

04/11/2009 -- WSJ says Waxman-Markey is not hard on coal:

04/11/2009 -- Sustainable Research blog explains why cap-and-trade is not enough:

04/11/2009 -- Grass-roots environmentalist says "lighten up on CCS":

04/04/2009 -- Blog post says new coal plants are unlikely:

04/04/2009 -- Latest climate policy prescription from Climate Progress:

04/04/2009 -- NRDC Paper on CTL and coal reserves:

04/04/2009 -- More grim news on climate change future:

04/04/2009 -- WSJ article on cost of clean coal:

04/04/2009 -- Update on FutureGen:

04/04/2009 -- Summary of info about the current technological and political state of CCS in the US:

04/04/2009 -- MIT update on FutureGen:

04/04/2009 – Basic explanation of CCS:

04/04/2009 – NY Times on stimulus money and clean coal:

04/04/2009 -- Latest proposed US Climate Change legislation:

04/04/2009 -- Info on IGCC power plant in China:

043/04/2009 -- Huffington post article on mountaintop removal mining and coal mining employment:

04/04/2009 -- A compelling argument for sound climate change policy from a Republican congressman:

04/04/2009 -- WVU coal researcher calls for state to lead in a low-carbon economy:

03/22/2009 -- US Climate Policy Rep says the US is back in the game:

03/22/2009 -- Charleston WV Gazette Coal Tattoo blog discusses WV Sen. Byrd and climate change legislation:

03/22/2009 -- Article says Kentucky coal industry braces for shifts in US coal policy:

03/22/2009 -- Article on plans to use High Voltage DC (HVDC) power in a new grid based on renewable energy:

03/22/2009 -- Calculations of the future cost of a new Virginia coal plant proposal:

03/22/2009 -- Peabody Coal to open major mine in Indiana:

03/22/2009 -- Article describes who is lobbying for what climate change policies in DC:

03/22/2009 -- Article on WV electricity rate hikes:

03/22/2009 -- Council on Foreign Relations article on coal/climate//CCS issues:

03/22/2009 -- Article by Jeff Goodell, author of the book "Big Coal," on coal's future:

03/22/2009 -- Charleston WV Gazette report on "Friends of Coal" questioning of climate change:

03/22/2009 -- US DOE report on CCS:

03/22/2009 -- Swedish CCS plant operator sees sequestration costs as affordable by 2020:

03/22/2009 -- Skeptical article on spending for CCS from a business perspective:

03/22/2009 -- WV Legislature interested in CCS issues:

03/22/2009 -- Charleston WV Gazette Coal Tattoo blog excerpts from a half-dozen recent web postings on CCS:

03/11/2009 -- Blog updates "clean coal" media/policy battles:

03/11/2009 -- More grim news about future climate change:

03/11/2009 -- Article on coal in stimulus package:

03/11/2009 -- Op-ed on coal reserves in Charleston, WV Gazette:

03/11/2009 -- Key Democratic Senator says climate bill may not come till next year:

03/11/2009 -- Article on CCS pipeline needs:

03/11/2009 -- Essay on "smart grid" by DOE Secy. Chu:

03/11/2009 -- Duke Energy says it needs coal from Central Appalachia:

03/11/2009 -- Washington Post says FutureGen CCS plant in Illinois is back on track:

03/11/2009 -- WV State Journal discusses future of CCS: 03/11/2009 --

03/11/2009 -- Blogger says coal will be around for quite a while:

03/11/2009 -- NY Times blog on costs of CCS:

03/11/2009 -- Major Australian CCS proposal is put on indefinite hold:,27574,25140411-2682,00.html

03/11/2009 -- Blog post has info, links on "smart grid":

03/11/2009 -- Coverage of protest at US Capitol coal-burning power plant:

03/11/2009 -- Reuters says US Cap and Trade policies will generate 600 Billion in revenues:

02/28/2009 -- MR: EPA report on climate change effects in Mid-Atlantic region:

02/28/2009 -- Washington State study on regional effects of climate change:

02/28/2009 -- Blog post says carbon pricing must be accompanied by a moratorium on non-CCS coal plants:

02/28/2009 -- Brief Guardian article surveys CCS around the world:

02/28/2009 -- Article describes multi-faceted legal challenges to proposed new Virginia coal plant:

02/28/2009 -- Harvard paper on the Press and Climate Change:

02/28/2009 -- Charleston Gazette blog describes the Fourth Circuit's partial overruling of federal powerline "supremacy":

02/28/2009 -- Living On Earth radio show discusses future of U.S. coal power:

02/28/2009 -- Blog post on replacing coal in power plants with wood:

02/19/2009 -- Study says 2009 to be big year for CCS decisions:

02/19/2009 -- NYT article asks "Are Americans ready to quit coal?":

02/19/2009 -- Massey and Consol coal companies criticized for climate policies:

02/19/2009 -- Asian coal use may undermine climate efforts:

02/19/2009 --Business Week asks if 2009 is the "Year of CCS":

02/19/2009 -- Future of "Futuregen" Illinois CCS plant under stimulus is unsure:

02/19/2009 -- EPA to re-look at regulating CO2 from power plants:

02/19/2009 -- WV group oppose CCS testing:

02/19/2009 -- Investment adviser writes on "peak coal" issues:

02/19/2009 -- Interview with Duke Energy CEO James Rogers on coal's future:

02/19/2009 -- Climate scientist James Hansen says new coal plants are "death factories":

02/19/2009 -- Scientists say climate change is here now, and will be worse than they once thought:

02/19/2009 -- Arch Coal exec says cap-and-trade is coming:

02/19/2009 -- South Carolina governor opposes new coal plant proposal:

02/19/2009 -- WV IGCC plant put on hold:

02/12/09 -- WSJ blog says "goodbye coal, what's left?":

02/12/09 -- Blog post about music of Appalachian coal mining, with video of song by Kathy Mattea:

02/12/09 -- Canadian climate change policies criticized as ineffectual posturing:

02/12/09 -- Blog article calls into question "smart grid" plans:

02/12/09 -- Study says CTL plus CCS reduces overall CO2 emissions slightly compared to petroleum:

02/12/09 -- Coal company puts Ohio IGCC plant on hold:

02/12/09 -- Article from Rockefeller Fund on how the US should prepare for climate policy meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009, with discussion of coal policy in US:

02/06/2009 -- Michigan state tax credit proposed for CCS investment:

02/06/2009 -- Utilities to study CCS at existing coal power plants:

02/06/2009 -- Charleston WV Gazette article says "clean coal" does well in Senate stimulus package:

02/06/2009 -- China's coal imports and exports drop:

02/06/2009 -- NRDC Director responds to criticisms of Climate Action Congressional Proposals:

02/06/2009 -- West Virginian writes why coal is important to state's economy:

02/06/2009 -- Blog post talks about anti-coal campaigns and their different tactics and strategies:

02/06/2009 -- NYT article about differences between coal-states and non-coal-states in Congress:

02/06/2009 -- Blog article reports on the state of campus climate policy activism, including anti-coal efforts:

02/06/2009 -- Blog post describes the divide between Senate Democrats from coal states and those from non-coal states:

02/06/2009 -- Wall St. Journal says coal is facing criticism and tough policies on several fronts:

01/27/2009 -- Factcheck takes a look at the concept of "clean coal":

01/27/2009 -- China's coal imports and exports drop:

01/27/2009 -- Blogger writes on clean coal mandates:

01/27/2009 -- World Resources Institute Report on standards for CCS:

01/27/2009 -- WSJ article says coal industry doing well on Capitol Hill:

01/27/2009 -- Links that discuss the newly-released U.S. Climate Action Plan, which are endorsed by some business groups and some environmental groups like NRDC, and criticized by other groups as too coal-friendly:

01/27/2009 -- Article describes plans for new coal plant in Scotland by Danish company:

01/27/2009 -- British expert Lord Stern hopeful for climate policy agreements:

01/27/2009 -- Blog post recapitulates evidence that climate change is real and very dangerous:

01/27/2009 -- Report criticizes IEA predictions on renewable energy resources as too low:

01/27/2009 -- blog post discusses wisdom of investment in new coal plants:

01/27/2009 -- AP article on coal cutbacks in Appalachia:

01/12/2009 -- Time Magazine article questions “clean coal” claims:,8816,1870599,00.html

01/12/2009 -- Essay on the ethics of the “safety-valve” component in proposed US climate policy legislation:

01/12/2009 -- blog post reviews clean coal issues:

01/12/2009 -- Proposed new Indiana IGCC plant to study CCS:

01/12/2009 -- 01/12/2009 -- Article explains cap-and-trade carbon emissions reduction policies:

01/12/2009 -- "Smart Grid" advocate explains what's involved:

01/12/2009 -- Newsweek op-ed says global investment in CCS is way too low:

01/12/2009 -- Blog post links proposed WV power line to new coal plants:

01/12/2009 -- Study says new nuclear power costs will be very large:

01/12/2009 -- Article on cutbacks in new coal plant business:

01/12/2009 -- Western states push for CCS research:

01/12/2009 -- MR: Pew Climate Center studies about coal collected:

01/12/2009 -- Report says "Clean Coal" advovcates aren't putting money where mouth is:

12/21/2008 -- Disturbing predictions on future climate change impacts unless carbon emissions reductions begin soon:

12/21/2008 -- Investor guide discusses energy policy and stocks, is bullish on coal:

12/21/2008 -- Peabody Coal plans coal-to-gas plant in Kentucky:

12/21/2008 -- Anti-coal activists plan civil disobedience March 2 near DC:

12/21/2008 -- Revival of FutureGen CCS/IGCC coal plant will be pushed to Obama as part of economic stimulus:

12/21/2008 -- Video excerpt of new DOE head Chu’s remarks about CCS and coal:

12/21/2008 -- China moving ahead on IGCC:

12/21/2008 -- US Energy Information Agency predicts downturn in coal use by 2030:

12/21/2008 -- Modest Australian carbon emissions reduction proposals draw coal industry fire:,25197,24811768-11949,00.html

12/21/2008 -- NYT times says "bad news for coal at EPA but some states push ahead":

12/21/2008 -- League of Conservation Voters responds to "Clean Coal" slogan:

12/21/2008 -- US Chamber of Commerce speaks out on energy policy under Obama Administration:

12/21/2008 -- Update on climate policy issues in Washington DC:

12/21/2008 -- Investors say China is leading in clean coal technology:

12/21/2008 -- Bank of America to stop financing mountaintop removal mining:

12/21/2008 -- Recommendations on climate policy made to Obama by US environmental groups:

12/21/2008 -- Britain sees renewed strip mining for coal:

12/21/2008 -- Clean Coal advocate talks about Obama administration:

12/21/2008 -- Wall Street Journal article on coal companies hiring in Appalachia:

12/05/08 -- Analysis of what Obama can and can't do on global warming:

12/05/08 -- Britain sees revival of strip mining for coal:

12/05/08 -- Reuters says rich countries backing off on emissions cuts in short-term:

12/05/08 -- Australian energy exec slams CCS:,21985,24717238-664,00.html

12/05/08 -- Former Bush EPA counsel discusses recent EAB Board ruling that EPA must consider CO2 in permitting new coal plants:

12/05/08 -- clean coal advocate talks about Obama administration:

12/05/08 -- Article in Nature describes how 25% of CO2 emissions remain in atmosphere for millennia:

12/05/08 -- Wall Street Journal article on coal companies hiring in Appalachia:

12/05/08 -- CCS to be pushed by IEA:

12/05/08 -- NBC TV story on clean coal:

12/05/08 -- New standard set for forestry-based carbon offsets:

12/05/08 -- Bloomberg says Appalachian coal exports are strong:

12/05/08 -- Wall St. Journal says coal prices down significantly:

12/05/08 -- Federal court says North Carolina coal plant must meet new emissions standards:

12/05/08 -- Toshiba to build pilot CCS plant:

11/17/2008 -- NYT blog discusses civil disobedience at coal plants:

11/17/2008 -- European power companies advocate for ccs subsidies:

11/17/2008 -- WV Gazette article discusses coal's future under Obama presidency:

11/17/2008 -- Wikipedia page on coal and jobs in the US:

11/17/2008 -- IEA says that limiting warming to 2 degrees will require closing coal plants before their normal replacement time:

11/17/2008 -- MIT study suggests that "partial" CCS may be feasible:

11/17/2008 -- Article discusses IGCC efforts in Wyoming:

11/17/2008 -- Blog post evaluates CCS as core climate solution:

11/17/2008 -- Brookings Institute says imrpovements to power grid are essential, and that the coal industry will have a particular agenda for those improvements:

11/17/2008 -- Business Week looks at CCS problems:

11/17/2008 -- EPA ruling on CO2 emissions puts future coal plant permits in question:

11/17/2008 -- European power co. advocates for ccs subsidies:

11/17/2008 -- Energy tribune article describes the coal/climate dilemma:

11/17/2008 -- Website looks at Appalachian coal camps:

11/17/2008 -- Blog post discusses meeting between anti-coal activists and coal miners in England:

11/17/2008 -- Blog asks how to phase out coal plants:

Blog looks at current CCS limitations:

10/30/2008 -- Blog post looks at China's attitude toward CCS:

10/30/2008 -- Radio commentary says "clean coal" is still a dream, and that efficiency in heating buildings is more economical way to reduce emissions:

10/30/2008 -- WV Senator Rockefeller and others form "Gang of 16" to weigh in on cap-and-trade legislation:

10/30/2008 -- Article on Chinese Academy of Science report says Chinese CO2 emissions to rise dramatically:

10/30/2008 -- Article on Spanish commitment to CCS:

10/30/2008 -- Article says India is shopping for Appalachian coal:

10/30/2008 -- West Virginia CTL Plant cancelled:

10/30/2008 -- Transcript of interview with public utility assn CEO on dangers of deregulation in cap-and-trade system:

10/30/2008 -- New book on personal stories of Appalachian coal mining families:

10/30/2008 -- Blog post summarizes evidence fueling concerns that recent IPCC climate change projections are understated:

10/30/2008 -- Pew Center expert on the role of natural gas in climate policy:

10/30/2008 -- Pew Center expert talks about US 2009 climate policy legislation:

10/30/2008 -- FutureGen IGCC/CCS plant advocates aren't giving up:

10/22/2008 -- World Wildlife report says climate change effects greater, faster than predicted:

10/22/2008 -- Bank of America adds per-ton carbon emission charge in assessing new coal plant proposals:

10/22/2008 -- Virginia coal plant protestors enter pleas:

10/22/2008 -- Article says Ohio may lose buckeye trees due to climate change:

10/22/2008 -- Frontline special on climate, energy, and coal:

10/22/2008 -- Transcript of conference call with Peabody coal company executive and investors on coal's future:

10/22/2008 -- Article on increases in CCS research:

10/22/2008 -- Article discusses ethics of public funding for CCS research:

10/22/2008 -- US Congressional Budget Office report on effect of climate policy on vehicle emissions:

10/22/2008 -- Speaker at West Virginia coal forum raises caution flag for coal's future:

10/05/2008 -- W.Va. Charleston Gazette article on US Govt. GAO CCS report:

10/05/2008 -- Article discusses US government cancellation of FutureGen IGCC/CCS plant and reallocation of money:

10/05/2008 -- Blog posts summarize presentations at Association for Study of Peak Oil 2008 conference on future of energy, including interesting remarks on coal and CCS:

10/05/2008 -- Australian CCS researcher says time is running out for clean coal:,25197,24423137-5005200,00.html

10/05/2008 -- Law firm describes basis of challenges to new coal plants based on CO2 emissions:

10/05/2008 -- Investment advisor says coal stock future uncertain:

10/04/2008 -- Taxpayers for Common Sense says clean coal has so far been a giveaway/boondoggle:

10/04/2008 -- Al Gore urges protests to stop new coal plants not ready for CCS:

10/04/2008 -- Blog post reports permit approval for Kentucky coal-fired plant:

10/04/2008 -- Oak Ridge National laboratory report on booming carbon emissions:

10/04/2008 – Maryland study forecasts severe injuries to states from unchecked climate change:

10/04/2008 -- NYTimes article says demand rising for coal:

10/04/2008 -- article says Appalachian coal official cautiously optimistic:

10/04/2008 – NYTimes article with Biden/Palen debate quotes on coal/climate policy:

10/04/2008 -- Story says business criticizes emissions restrictions policy in Australia:

10/04/2008 -- Blog post analyzes difficulties of CCS:

10/04/2008 -- Study says Virginia can get major emissions reductions from efficiency:

10/04/2008 -- Article by Australian environmentalist says CCS is crucial to planetary survival:

10/03/2008 – British energy policy expert says security more important than climate effects of coal:

10/03/2008 – West Virginia blog post is skeptical about coal reserves and coal’s future:

10/03/2008 – article ties coal prices to mountaintop removal litigation:

10/03/2008 – article on cost and timetable for European CCS implementation:

10/03/2008 – article on dangers of methane release due to global warming:

10/03/2008 – USA Today reports on cutbacks in coal plant plans:

10/03/2008 -- US DOE offering $8 billlion in “clean coal” loan guarantees:

10/03/2008 – blog post simplifies “cap-and-trade” climate change policy:

09/15/2008 – Blog article on nonviolent blockade of Va. Coal power plant:

09/15/2008 – US government soliciting low-CO2 CTL proposals:

09/15/2008 – WSJ article on new CCS techniques in India and China:

09/15/2008 – Article on CCS is positive:

09/15/2008 – article on coal exports from Appalachia:
09/15/2008 – scientist James Hansen’s latest on CO2 reduction strategies:

09/07/2008 -- Funding cancelled for proposed WV coal plant:

09/07/2008 – German CCS pilot plant to begin operations:

09/07/2008 – Chinese official calls for emissions limits:

09/07/2008 – Nature Reports says “King Coal Still on the Throne:”

09/07/2008 – Nature Conservancy article on building resiliency in Appalachia with land protection in the face of coming climate change:

09/07/2008 – Forbes says coal prices weakening:

09/03/2008 – Brookings Institute article on imminence of climate change tipping points (seven years):

09/03/2008 – NY Times blogger skeptical on the future of CCS for coal:

09/03/2008 – West Virginia editorial favors continued coal use:

09/03/2008 – financial columnist is bullish on coal:

09/03/2008 -- Australian govt. expert says CCS will cost $85 per ton of carbon in 2017:

09/03/2008 – Challenging essay on energy sources and world economic growth:

08/24/2008 – article on new efforts for CTL in US:

08/24/2008 – Australian study says CCS will take until at least 2020 to implement:

08/18/2008 -- Greenpeace report criticizing CCS:

08/18/2008 -- Article on planned CTL plant in Australia:

08/18/08 -- Guardian article says top British climate scientist advises preparation for 4 degree increase, says burning coal more cleanly in China and India will cause greater warming effect:

08/18/2008 -- study says old-growth forests store more CO2:

08/20/2008 – press release on financing for company planning carbon offset and capture business:

08/20/2008 – article discusses need for very-long-term liability insurance for CCS projects:

08/20/2008 – Montana coal mine to increase production:
08/20/2008 – Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judges recommend “no” for proposed electricity transmission line:

08/20/2008 – North Carolina electricity rates to increase:

08/20/08 – Canada to move ahead on CCS pilot:

08/18/2008 -- story on test in Va. of CO2 injection into coal seams for CCS:
08/18/2008 – article on retrofitting coal plants to reduce CO2 emissions:
08/18/2008 – WV University Water Resources Inst. main site:

08/18/2008 – Mid-Atlantic Water and Energy Conference Nov. 18:

08/17/2008 -- blog post summarizing articles about cost of new coal-fired power plants:

08/18/2008 – Article on how “clean coal” affects investments in coal industry:

08/18/2008 – Article on Kansas utilities facing carbon emission limits:

08/18/2008 -- Blog entry quotes from article that discusses Native American tribal coal production:

08/18/2008 -- Washington Post story on current "Boom" in fossil fuel production:

08-18-2008 -- Article on how Environmental Defense Fund supports new Texas coal plant in return for promised 50% CO2 reductions:

08/14/08 -- US DOE to award $340 million for clean coal projects:

08/14/2008 – Report on legislative efforts to require military to buy coal-to-liquid fuel:

08/11/2008 -- Article says CCS is a "winner" in proposed US legislation:

08/11/2008 -- Charleston Gazette article on West Virginia state government support for CTL plant proposal:

08/11/2008 -- Article explains US Congressional "safety-valve"-type proposal to manage price of carbon emissions under cap-and-trade:

08/11/2008 -- Article on proposed US legislation to curtail new coal plants without CCS:

08/11/2008 -- Charleston Gazette article on West Virginia regulatory approval of large new electricity transmission line, refers to new coal-fired power plant proposals:

08/11/2008 -- Appalachian Energy renewable electricity company:

08/11/2008 – Guardian article explaining British government’s rationale for going ahead with new coal plant to demonstrate to China and India the West’s commitment to developing CCS technology:

08/11/2008 – Climate scientist James Hansen reports on meetings with world leaders discussing climate change and coal plant emissions:

08/11/2008 – Report on decline of coal mining in Germany:

08/11/2008 – Article on increases in coal and electricity prices in Ohio:

08/11/2008 -- Article says Australian coalfields to become battleground about climate change:

08/11/2008 -- Reprint of article from Spark says coal is not a "cheap" fuel:

08/11/2008 -- Article on US coal exports:

08/11/2008 – Article about business executives telling Congress cap-and-trade is necessary:

08/11/2008 -- Article says deployment of CCS at all new coal plants is highest climate change policy priority:

08/11/2008 -- NY Times article profiles Jim Rogers, Duke Energy's "Green Coal Baron:"

07/27/2008 -- Guardian Observer article about controversies regarding new coal plants and CCS in England:

07/24/2008 -- Energy Current article summarizing issues facing "clean coal" technology and CCS in the US:

08/11/2008 – Article on coal plant advocacy in Arkansas:

08/11/2008 – BBC article on CCS debate in England:

08/11/2008 – Reprint of LA Times article on role of coal in climate policy:

08/11/2008 – Article on CCS in Canada:

08/11/2008 -- Harvard Energy Policy article advocates massive funding of new technology research because cap-and-trade is not likely to be feasible in sufficiently reducing CO2 atmospheric emissions to avert catastrophe:

08/11/2008 -- NY Times article on European use of coal and prospects for CCS:

08/11/2008 -- Editorial from Nature magazine about progress of CCS:

07/24/2008 -- Energy Current article discusses issues facing "clean coal" technology: