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How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

Guaranteed income After helping to win the permit for the plant, Mr. Manchin began to profit from it. On Oct. 5, 1989, one of Mr. Manchin’s companies, Transcon Inc., bought an old coal mine in Barrackville, five miles south of…

Biden Administration Cancels Mining Leases Near Wilderness Area

The Biden administration said Wednesday that it had canceled two mining leases that would have allowed a copper mine to be built near an area of pristine wilderness in Minnesota. The Interior Department said it had determined that the leases,…

Mining of Lithium, Key to the Climate Fight, Faces New Scrutiny in Chile

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, Chile — Plans to expand lithium mining in Chile, the world’s second largest producer, hit political roadblocks this week, raising new questions about supplies of a metal that is in high demand as the world transitions…

Coming Soon to This Coal County: Solar, in a Big Way

For more than a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been recommending that renewable energy projects be built on Superfund sites, former landfills and abandoned mines — property less desirable for housing or other uses. Of the roughly 130,000…

Can a Sustainable Mining Experiment in New Caledonia Power Tesla’s Ambitions?

“New Caledonia, in its way of exploiting its ore, is perceived as a country which contributes to the fight against global warming,” the territory’s president, Louis Mapou, said in an interview. “We have very high production costs in New Caledonia,…

Chile, una nueva Constitución y el cambio climático

SALAR DE ATACAMA, Chile — Rara vez un país tiene la oportunidad de exponer sus ideales como nación y redactar una nueva constitución. Además, casi nunca la crisis climática y ecológica juega un papel central en ese proceso. Sin embargo,…

Chile Rewrites Its Constitution, Confronting Climate Change Head On

SALAR DE ATACAMA, Chile — Rarely does a country get a chance to lay out its ideals as a nation and write a new constitution for itself. Almost never does the climate and ecological crisis play a central role. That…

Behind Manchin’s Opposition, a Long History of Fighting Climate Measures

Mr. Manchin on Sunday argued that “the energy transition my colleagues seek is already well underway,” as the price of wind and solar energy drops, easing the utility and transportation sectors away from oil, gas and coal. But scientists say…

The Achilles’ Heel of Biden’s Climate Plan? Coal Miners.

All of that has raised the stakes for courting coal miners. “Our guiding principle is the belief that we don’t have to choose between good jobs and a clean environment,” said Jason Walsh, the executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance,…

On the Banks of the Furious Congo River, a 5-Star Emporium of Ambition

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The lobby of the Fleuve Congo Hotel was a swirl of double-breasted suits and tailored dresses one April morning. Shiny gold watches dangled from wrists. Stilettos clacked across marble floors. Smooth jazz played as…

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