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Past articles by Benjamin:

As coal disappears, mining states launch rescue efforts

West Virginia is the latest state to fight for coal's survival, complicating the Biden administration's efforts to green the grid and cut planet-warming → Read More

The top 10 emitting power plants in America

Coal continues to produce the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions associated with U.S. power production. Last year, coal was responsible for 22 percent → Read More

Hot deals: A consumer's guide to the new climate law

Electric vehicles. Solar panels. Even farm improvements. Here's your tip sheet on how to take advantage of the incentives and tax credits in the Inflation → Read More

'Off the charts': Coal prices surge as West shuns Russia

The price of coal hit all-time highs as countries refuse to buy Russian fuel because of its invasion of Ukraine. → Read More

Unions will help build Vineyard Wind, a win for McCarthy

A labor agreement between an offshore wind developer and group of Massachusetts unions shows how important the industry is to President Biden's climate agenda. → Read More

Q&A: On doomed Greentech Media, its replacement and Dave Roberts

As alternatives to fossil fuels have grown, so too has the journalism dedicated to covering the energy transition. → Read More

CLIMATE IMPACTS: Analysis: The real reasons Texas went dark

Opponents of renewable energy blame frozen wind turbines for the state's electricity crisis. But there were bigger failures involving natural gas. → Read More

RENEWABLE ENERGY: First U.S. offshore wind farm put on hold

Vineyard Wind said yesterday it will withdraw its application for federal approval to erect the first large offshore wind farm in the country. → Read More

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Exxon's climate fix is algae. Experts say it won't work

The oil giant has researched how to turn algae into fuel for cars and airplanes for a decade, and trumpeted those efforts as a sign of its climate commitment. But experts say the company is over-promising. → Read More

PANDEMIC: Global CO2 has risen for a century. That appears to be over

Climate researchers increasingly believe 2019 may represent the world's peak output of carbon dioxide. It's driven by the coronavirus pandemic and a rapid expansion of renewable energy. → Read More

PANDEMIC: Arc of peak oil: From empty wells to demand destruction

The world once debated whether oil wells would run dry. Now, with crude flooding the market, the debate has turned to whether oil companies can sell enough of it. The answer could reshape global emissions. → Read More

COAL: America's mega-emitters are starting to close

When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down later this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to ever close in American history. Other massive coal plants are also being retired. → Read More

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: The future of offshore wind may depend on Bernhardt

The nation's first large project for offshore wind is scuffling, and it's unclear how supportive Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is of the proposed facility in Massachusetts. → Read More

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: The coal crisis just hit Powder River Basin. Here's why

When the Belle Ayr mine opened just south of Gillette, Wyo., in 1972, it signaled the beginning of the American coal industry's westward migration. This week, it became a symbol of coal's decline. → Read More

POLITICS: Ore. debacle spotlights enduring divisions on climate

Climate hawks have racked up a string of unprecedented victories in states this year. But the apparent defeat of carbon cap-and-trade legislation in Oregon reveals persistent deep divisions on climate, mostly along party lines. → Read More

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: How much credit can Beyond Coal claim for plant closures?

In 2011, when the Sierra Club and then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the Beyond Coal campaign, coal accounted for 42% of America's power generation. Today, that figure is closer to 25%. → Read More

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Northeast could trade gas for hydro. Here's the problem

Canada has a surplus of hydropower that could help New England and New York meet their climate goals. But that electricity can't reach the United States without new transmission lines. And those projects are dividing communities. → Read More

EMISSIONS: Cap and trade migrates south

Carbon cap-and-trade programs in America have long been limited to the Northeast and California. Now, they're headed south. → Read More

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Inslee notches climate victory as Wash. decarbonizes grid

Jay Inslee finally has a climate win — and another state is headed for carbon-free electricity. → Read More

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Navajo imagine a future without coal

Before the arrival of the U.S. Army in the mid-1800s, four mountains marked the boundary of the Navajo's ancestral homeland. Today, the tribe could draw a line around its reservation with coal. → Read More