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Germany turns to the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel

Power Plant Manager Bernard Vendt stands on a platform jutting out from a smokestack, 20 stories above his company’s chemical park. Past the park’s menagerie of twisting pipes, scaffolding and chimneys below him is a waterway that connects these factories to their energy source. “Over there, that’s our harbor,” Vendt says, pointing with one hand […]

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Experts blame green energy for Europe’s full-scale energy crisis

Green energy policies in Europe designed to rapidly shift the continent away from fossil fuel dependence have contributed to soaring power prices in the region. The European benchmark index measuring future electricity prices increased to a record $993 per megawatt hour (MWh) on Monday, days after prices in France and Germany surged 25%, according to […]

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Biden Administration Suffers Crushing Defeat For Electric Vehicle Pledge

The United States Postal Service is renewing its fleet of gas-powered vehicles as the Biden administration promises a mostly-electric federal fleet.The United States Postal Service (USPS) has confirmed its deal with specialty vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp (OSK) – Get Oshkosh Corp Report to finalize plans for between 50,000 and 165,000 gas-powered delivery vehicles.The USPS/Oshkosh venture […]

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A rescue is underway to extract a group of men who became stuck in a cave in Virginia after rain made it difficult to get out, officials said Sunday. A group of six initially planned to spend the weekend inside the cave in Cleveland, Virginia, until it began raining late Saturday night, Jess Powers, coordinator […]

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Multiple Coal Powered Plants To Close

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced Thursday that it would close two coal plants, including one that buys its fuel from one of Donald Trump’s campaign contributors, despite public pressure from the president to keep it open. In a 5-2 vote, the public utility’s board of directors chose to shutter Kentucky’s Paradise Fossil plant in 2020 […]

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Washington State To Initiate Human Composting In Lieu Of Burial

When Americans die, most are buried or cremated. Washington could soon become the first state to allow another option: human composting. The novel approach, known as “recomposition,” involves placing bodies in a vessel and hastening their decomposition into a nutrient-dense soil that can then be returned to families. The aim is a less expensive way […]