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Obama's Clean Power Plan May Be on Hold, Coal's Fate Is Not

  • Coal faces pressure from cheap gas, renewables either way
  • Some states to continue to push for clean energy goals
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Meltdown: The Science Behind Climate Change

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The U.S. Supreme Court’sdecision putting on hold President Barack Obama’s most aggressive plan to curb power-plant emissions won’t save coal from a shrinking market, or stop some states and utilities from moving forward with their own measures.

The Environmental Protection Agency had projected that coal’s share of America’s power mix would shrink to 27 percent in 2030 under the historic Clean Power Plan. It was already down to 29 percent in November, based on government data, as cheap natural gas and renewables stole market share. U.S. rules including one regulating pollution across state lines and local renewable energy policies will continue to force coal-fired power plants into retirement.