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Even in Poland, Coal Is in Trouble

Kathiann M. Kowalski for Midwest Energy News: As it is in Ohio and elsewhere in the United States, the coal industry in Poland is declining amid economic and environmental pressures. And the industry’s political and cultural importance is prompting calls for government action to save it. However, experts in industry and environmental groups say that […]

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Poland, in Hopes of Propping Up Coal Industry, Moves to Curb Booming Wind Industry

Maciej Martewicz, Marek Strzelecki and Konrad Krasuski for Bloomberg News: Poland’s parliament approved a bill that introduces extra requirements for building wind parks as the country aims to curb the booming industry in a bid to help prop up its loss-making coal industry. The governing Law & Justice party bill forces new turbines to be […]

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Bloomberg: In Poland, ‘Wind Farms Now Come With the Threat of Jail’

Jessica Shankleman for Bloomberg News: One of Europe’s most promising markets for renewable energy is being threatened by legislation that would impose new fees and potential jail terms for operators of wind farms, an industry lobby group said. Poland’s governing Law and Justice Party is proposing laws that would require new turbines to be situated […]

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Poland’s Government Resists a Clean-Energy Transition

Konrad Krasuski for Bloomberg News: The government’s position is unapologetic: While backing coal, it also seeks to reduce subsidies for renewable energy, which needs to “stand on its own feet,” Piotr Naimski, Szydlo’s leading energy security adviser, said last week. The governing Law & Justice party also introduced a bill to parliament that would require […]

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‘Coal in Poland Lowering Life Spans’

From Beth Gardner in today’s New York Times: Poland has the highest levels in Europe of the tiny pollution particles that are strongly linked to serious health problems like heart attacks, strokes, cancer and even dementia, said Martin Adams, an air quality expert at the European Environment Agency. Poland is home to six of Europe’s […]

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