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Articles by Bob Burton

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Rejected teenagers: the trend of closing young coal plants

Rejected teenagers: the trend of closing young coal plants

It’s not just old coal power plants that are being closed down. In Italy, the US, and the Netherlands, coal plants that are barely teenagers are being targeted for closure.

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US plan to defibrillate failing coal plants is part of a global trend

US plan to defibrillate failing coal plants is part of a global trend

Rick Perry’s plan to require increased payments to some coal plants is part of a global trend as the coal lobby desperately tries to rescue failing coal plants.

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What’s next for Minerals Council's coal and climate policy?

What’s next for Minerals Council’s coal and climate policy?

The abrupt and unexpected departure of the Minerals Council of Australia’s CEO, Brendan Pearson, may well be a crucial tipping point in Australia’s debate over domestic energy policy.

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BHP under pressure to dump pro-coal lobby groups over climate policy

BHP under pressure to dump pro-coal lobby groups over climate policy

A shareholder resolution highlighting the chasm between BHP’s stated climate policy and the pro-coal advocacy of its mining industry lobby has pushed the company to commit to reconsidering its membership of the hardline Minerals Council of Australia.

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Indian Auditor-General finds public banks have US$1.8bn at risk on dud coal plants

Indian Auditor-General finds public banks have US$1.8bn at risk on dud coal plants

Two of India’s leading public sector banks at risk of losing a “significant proportion” of US$7.4 billion loaned over three years to private power producers

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By train or by ship, transporting coal causes trouble

By train or by ship, transporting coal causes trouble

Derailment of 30 coal wagons is just latest in long list of coal transport accidents which highlight risks from shipping fossil fuels long distances to markets.

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Once bitten, twice shy: Sri Lanka dumps new coal plans

Once bitten, twice shy: Sri Lanka dumps new coal plans

In a dramatic U-turn, Sri Lanka’s energy regulator has approved a new long-term electricity supply plan that rejects the construction of any new coal plants between now and 2037.

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Adani’s telling meltdown over Westpac’s new climate policy

Adani’s telling meltdown over Westpac’s new climate policy

Now shunned by all of Australia’s big banks as well as a further 15 banks around the world, Adani is desperate and financially dateless.

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Embarrassment for Japan as Indonesia court rejects coal plant’s permit

Embarrassment for Japan as Indonesia court rejects coal plant’s permit

In an embarrassing rebuff to the JBIC, an Indonesian administrative court has ruled a key environmental permit for a huge coal plant expansion was issued illegally.

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Spinning carbon capture and storage as cheaper than renewables

Spinning carbon capture and storage as cheaper than renewables

Supporters of carbon capture plants on coal power stations are seeking to sell the story they are cheaper than renewables – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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Can Donald Trump really make the clean energy tide recede?

Can Donald Trump really make the clean energy tide recede?

No matter how much Trump waves his magic wand there’s not much he can do to revive the prospects for thermal coal.