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EPA plan won’t change price advantage of gas over coal

first_imgEPA plan won’t change price advantage of gas over coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The New York Times:America’s ailing coal industry was buoyed on Tuesday when the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal to relax pollution regulations on coal-fired power plants. President Trump traveled to West Virginia to tout the planned measure, telling supporters, “We’re putting our great coal miners back to work.”Yet the reality on the ground for the nation’s coal industry remains bleak. Even the Trump administration’s own numbers suggest that its latest proposal won’t reverse the sharp decline of coal power, which has been crushed by competition from cheaper natural gas and renewable energy over the past decade.More than 200 coal plants have shut down since 2010, and another 40 plants have announced they will close in the years ahead, with virtually no new coal plants being built today.At best, if finalized, the E.P.A.’s newest rollback could help a small number of those endangered coal plants stave off retirement for a bit longer, albeit at the expense of increased air pollution. But even in that scenario, the agency’s own analysis showed, coal power would still decline by 20 percent between now and 2030 and coal mining would drop by one-third. “This is like throwing a few snowballs into a blizzard,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “You might see a plant here or a plant there that benefits from the new rules. But we’re talking about very minor changes compared with the significant gap between the cost of coal and the cost of natural gas.”More: Trump’s New Pollution Rules Still Won’t Save the Coal Industrylast_img read more

Mangala: Competition for places pushes Man City players to improve

first_imgManchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is happy with the added competition fellow centre-back and summer signing Nicolas Otamendi has brought to the club.Manuel Pellegrini added the Argentinean to his side’s defensive options and it has meant Mangala has been dropped for certain matches – including Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.Captain Vincent Kompany, when fully fit, is almost guaranteed his place in the starting XI with Mangala, Otamendi and Martin Demichelis vying to partner the Belgian.“Competition is good. I’m happy,” Mangala said. “It’s motivated me to improve step by step. When you are at one step, you want to keep going – to move further up.“I want to improve every day in training and during the games. That’s important for me.“It’s very good for us,” he said about the situation. “I knew Martin and Vinnie from last season and I knew Nico at Porto. It’s easier to play with them.“We have some parts that are different. I think Nico and Martin are similar players – and the same with Vinnie and me – but we complement each other and that is very good for the team.” 1 Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala last_img read more