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Articles by Bob Burton

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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.

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Coal consultant warns thermal coal use could plummet – but dodges questions

Coal consultant warns thermal coal use could plummet – but dodges questions

Wood Mackenzie estimates seaborne thermal coal use would have to fall by 40 per cent by 2035 to meet the 2° target.

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Hunger strike pushes South Korea to defer coal plant plan

Hunger strike pushes South Korea to defer coal plant plan

A protest and one-week hunger strike has prompted the South Korean Government to indefinitely postpone consideration of the 1160 MW ‘Dangjin Eco Power’ coal-fired plant.

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Coal and coral shouldn’t mix, but they do

Coal and coral shouldn’t mix, but they do

Just a few kilometres from the wild south-western coast of Madagascar – home to part of the world’s third largest coral reef system – the coal-laden New Mykonos has sunk and is slowly breaking apart.

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Behind the scenes, BHP Billiton fears for thermal coal’s future

Behind the scenes, BHP Billiton fears for thermal coal’s future

Barely a day goes by without coal lobbyists proclaiming thermal coal still has a rosy future. BHP Billiton fears otherwise.

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More bad news for Adani: Coal India slashes coal prices as stockpile soars

More bad news for Adani: Coal India slashes coal prices as stockpile soars

The world’s largest coal miner Coal India has opted to cut prices rather than its ballooning domestic mine production. That’s more bad news for Australian coal projects hoping to export to India.

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Australian pro-CCS institute one of many lobby groups hit by Arch Coal bankruptcy

Australian pro-CCS institute one of many lobby groups hit by Arch Coal bankruptcy

Arch Coal says Melbourne-headquartered Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute one of numerous coal industry lobby groups it owes money to.

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Aurizon write downs signal end for Hancock's Galilee Basin coal projects

Aurizon write downs signal end for Hancock’s Galilee Basin coal projects

GVK Hancock Coal’s plan to exploit deposits containing over 7 billion tonnes of coal in the Galilee Basin are all but officially dead.

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Is India starting to waver on coal?

Is India starting to waver on coal?

From court rulings over pollution, to private power companies dumping coal projects in favour of solar, to huge stockpiles of unwanted coal, India’s energy policy is in a state of flux.

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Vietnam shifts stance on new coal

Vietnam shifts stance on new coal

Vietnamese PM signals reduced role for new coal-fired power against backdrop of slow electricity growth, environmental concerns and cheap renewables.