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Why U.S. Coal Industry and Its Jobs Are Not Coming Back

by JAMES VAN NOSTRAND
President-elect Donald J. Trump has vowed to revive U.S. coal production and bring back thousands of jobs. But it’s basic economics and international concern about climate change that have crushed the American coal industry, not environmental regulations. READ MORE

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How the Attack on Science Is Becoming a Global Contagion

by CHRISTIAN SCHWäGERL
Assaults on the science behind climate change research and conservation policies are spreading from the U.S. to Europe and beyond. If this wave of “post-fact” thinking triumphs, the world will face a future dominated by pure ideology. READ MORE

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Why We Need a Carbon Tax, And Why It Won’t Be Enough

by BILL MCKIBBEN
Putting a price on carbon is an idea whose time has come, with even Big Oil signaling it may drop its long-standing opposition to a carbon tax. But the question is, has it come too late? READ MORE

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Floating Solar: A Win-Win for Drought-Stricken Lakes in U.S.

by PHILIP WARBURG
Floating solar panel arrays are increasingly being deployed in places as diverse as Brazil and Japan. One prime spot for these “floatovoltaic” projects could be the sunbaked U.S. Southwest, where they could produce clean energy and prevent evaporation in major man-made reservoirs. READ MORE

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Point/Counterpoint: Should Green Critics Reassess Ethanol?

by TIMOTHY E. WIRTH AND C. BOYDEN GRAY
Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth and former White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray argue that environmental criticisms of corn ethanol are unwarranted and that the amount in gasoline should be increased. In rebuttal, economist C. Ford Runge counters that any revisionist view of ethanol ignores its negative impacts on the environment and the food supply. READ MORE

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