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Australian news, and some related international items

Another Historic Storm: Surreal Ophelia Strikes Ireland with Hurricane Force — robertscribbler

“Ophelia is breaking new ground for a major hurricane. Typically those waters [are] much too cool for anything this strong. I really can’t believe I’m seeing a major just south of the Azores.” — National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake on Twitter. ***** Warmer than normal ocean temperatures due to human-forced climate change are now enabling major […]

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Leaving a Life in the Coal Mines Behind – Part Three

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We continue the series from The New York Times on the retraining of former coalminers from Wyoming for jobs in alternative-energy.

By DIANE CALDWELL, Oct. 1, 2017 for The New York Times

A View Most Never See

SHAWMUT, Mont.— “You get a view that most people will never see,” as Lukas Nelson, 27, a site manager in Ohio, put it in one of the company’s promotional videos. Only a few towers have elevators, and at Goldwind’s power plant here, the access is by a series of 90-degree aluminum ladders and steel mesh platforms, straight to the top.

It was Saturday morning after the three seminars, and Goldwind safety managers had delivered a brief lecture in a trailer that served as the farm office, warning of perils like rattlesnakes in the tall grasses outside and electrocution from throwing switches in the towers.

The organizers separated the crowd of about 20 into two…

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Coal Plants Are Closing – But Why?

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950 Jobs Lost to Closing Coal Plants in Texas - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

Coal plants all over the country are closing – most notably in Texas – despite President Trump’s campaign promises to increase coal jobs and bring the industry roaring back to life.

Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt claimed that there was a “war on coal,” but that doesn’t seem to be the case in light of the data from the EPA itself.

Coal jobs have been dwindling over the past several decades, not due to economic concerns or other factors, but because worldwide demand for coal is shrinking. Renewable energy has largely replaced fossil fuels, and it’s steadily becoming more affordable.

A Department of Energy report, issued on August 23, says, “The biggest contributor to coal and nuclear plant retirements has been the advantaged economics of natural gas-fired generation.”

Considering the retirement of several processing facilities, according to the report, the future of…

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