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Why Austin Can’t Seem to Quit Its Despised Coal Plant
Locals continue to get coal for Christmas
"...for the closure of the Fayette Power Project, the coal plant responsible for about a quarter of our city's..."

Dec. 1, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

There's Nothing Like a Real Coal Fire
Public Utility Commission member pushes for more coal, even after the recent TXU struggle.
" keeping the lights on. Seems the policy is coal, coal, and more coal. Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita..."

July 25, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Dirty Coal Update: Fast-Tracking Slowed Down
Travis Co. district judge issues temporary injunction instructing state administrative hearings judges to ignore Perry’s 2005 executive order fast-tracking coal-plant permitting as hearings were set to begin Wednesday on six TXU plants.
"...Opponents of dirty coal rejoiced Tuesday evening when a Travis Co. district judge..."

Feb. 21, 2007 News Post by Daniel Mottola

Mayor Urges Closure of Fayette Coal Plant by 2029
Austin Energy under pressure to finalize its plan for net zero
"...Kirk Watson unexpectedly made Austin’s failure to get off coal the focus of his weekly newsletter, the Watson Wire...."

Feb. 21, 2024 News Post by Lina Fisher

Capitalists, Conservationists Say No to Dirty Coal
Showdown taking shape over plans to build 16 old-style coal-fired power plants, which threaten to push Austin's marginal air quality into the red
"...utilities, led by Dallas-based TXU, to build 16 old-style, coal-fired power plants, which threaten to push Austin's marginal air..."

Dec. 29, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Thinking Beyond Coal
Coal mines are mucking up the environment, from the Appalachian mountains to the outskirts of Austin
"...and scrape of a 110-ton bucket used to carve coal from the Earth jolts Billie Woods out of her..."

July 18, 2008 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

TXU Still Eyeing Clean Coal
Company continues clinging to previous dirty plans.
"...TXU Corporation is now planning to build two coal-gasification or so-called "clean-coal" plants in Texas. The Dallas-based utility..."

March 23, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Coal Hard Reality
Still cloudy over TXU
"...of CO2 emissions – such as the 11 pulverized coal plants currently proposed in Texas, by TXU Energy and..."

March 9, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Austin Energy's Coal Considerations Smoked Out?
Council to be asked to consider authorizing city manager to negotiate land agreement for future "clean coal" plant
"...Austin Energy is considering using so-called clean coal to meet the city's future power needs. The utility's..."

Jan. 26, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Coal War Update
Charles "Doc" Anderson launches legislative attack against proposed coal-fired power plants, efficiency practices report, and more
"...In this dispatch from the trenches of the coal wars, we'll see a Republican who's crossed party lines..."

Feb. 9, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Texas Coal Rush Update
Planned coal power plants loom large, get political
"...they say is a fast-approaching energy shortage: 18 new coal-burning power plants. Critics note these are not the oft-touted..."

Oct. 13, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Coal Hard Cash
Alcoa has applied for a mining application in Elgin, near Austin.
" a whole lot more. Enough, according to a coalition of farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, and suburban professionals who commute..."

Sept. 3, 1999 News Feature

AE's Coal Conundrum
Energy planners and the fight over Fayette
"...that we do need to ultimately close down those coal-fired power plants, but first we need to build the..."

Nov. 20, 2009 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Then There's This: Hard, Coal Reality
Breaking up with Fayette Power is hard to do, AE officials say
"...The long road to moving "Austin Beyond Coal," as the Sierra Club slogan goes, just got longer..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Column by Amy Smith

Dirty-Coal Reversal
TXU agrees to buy-out, announces it will abandon plans for eight of its proposed coal-fired plants
" Texas' war over the construction of 17 new coal-fired power plants, TXU, the energy giant with 11 controversial..."

March 2, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

New Pollution Rules for Coal-Crazed Texas
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality takes up two federal EPA air quality measures to hopefully reduce mercury and carbon dioxide pollution
"...agreed to adopt the rules statewide, taking aim at coal-burning power plants. Texas has five of the nation's 10..."

March 10, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Business Leaders Hire Lobbyists to Battle Dirty Coal
Coalition of free-market well-to-dos formed to oppose Texas' 17 proposed pulverized coal power plants fights electric utilities using their own weapon of choice – lobbyists
"...the Dallas-based Texas Business for Clean Air, an unlikely coalition of free-market well-to-dos formed to oppose Texas' 17 proposed..."

Feb. 23, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Coal Goes to Court
Lawsuits are flying to stop dirty power plants
"...looking on in shock and awe as Texas' planned coal craze progresses, two high-profile court cases filed by a..."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Coal's Body Count
"...will be caused by toxic pollution from the 19 coal-fired power plants proposed for construction statewide, according to a..."

Dec. 1, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

AMA Calls for a Nationwide Ban on Coal Tar Sealants
American Medical Association seals the deal
"...the first U.S. city to ban the use of coal tar sealants on asphalt roads and parking lots, after..."

Nov. 25, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Move Austin Beyond Coal!
"...for comprehensively covering the efforts to move Austin beyond coal [“AE's Coal Conundrum,” News, Nov. 20]. Sierra Club and..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Postmarks

Coal News: Sierra Club Still Watching TXU, Ranks of Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Accord Grow, and Coal-Fired Power Plant Investments Protested
"...its commitment to cancel applications to build eight new coal-fired power plants – made as part of its private-equity..."

Nov. 21, 2007 News Post by Daniel Mottola

Texas Gets Coal Shoulder for the Health of It
New EPA standards crack down on sulfur dioxide emissions
"...the highest SO2 levels – including Texans living near coal-fired power plants, petroleum refineries, diesel exhaust, and other sources...."

June 11, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Battling the Toxicity of Coal-Burning Power Plants
'Clear Skies' gets shot down, and Legislators try to cut the crud in Texas
"...week will finalize new rules regulating mercury emissions in coal-burning power plants. Mercury is a proven neurotoxin with a..."

March 18, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Say No to White Stallion Coal Plant
"...if Matagorda County gets a dirty, fish-killing, air-contaminating, groundwater-polluting coal-fired power plant? Because in order for the owners, who..."

July 21, 2011 Postmarks

TXU: Merger or Coal, You Decide
TXU Corps. is pulling the plug on eight proposed coal-fired power plants. Maybe.
"'s suspending the applications for eight of its proposed coal power plants. It contacted the State Office of Administrative..."

March 1, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Congress Spotlights Texas' Coal Waste
Feds hear testimony on Central Texas polluters
"...of Congress to hear testimony regarding the disposal of coal combustion waste. Texas burns more coal and creates more..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

MIT Professor Berzin's New Coal-Related Technology
"...Dear Editor, Given the controversy surrounding new coal plants in Texas, readers might be interested in the..."

July 5, 2006 Postmarks

Coal Miner's Daughter
Wonderful performances (Spacek won on Oscar) anchor this biopic of country star Loretta Lynn's rise to fame.
"...channels made star biographies into such a formulaic joke, Coal Miner's Daughter was the real deal...."

July 20, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Gas and Coal Outages Behind ERCOT’s Constant Calls for Conservation
And no progress on energy efficiency programs
"...helping ERCOT avoid rolling blackouts, but thermal energy (gas, coal, and nuclear) has been lacking and was behind the..."

Aug. 30, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

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