Trump has called global warming a hoax and he criticized wind and solar power as "so expensive." That leaves hope for renewables resting on state policies.
As governor, Bill Ritter made clean energy a priority. Now he says that the U.S. needs to move even faster to mitigate effects of climate change.
- The decision came after a marathon public meeting that lasted more than 8 hours.Read more
- The Colorado Energy Office believes its solar pilot project is the first of its kind in the country.Read more
- The state is on U.S. Green Building Council's 2015 list for buildings that use less energy and water, and reduce carbon emissions.Read more
- Forest Service officials too support mining in the area because it says North Fork Valley coal is among the cleanest available. That's despite the possibility for millions of dollars in damage.Read more
Will the the bottom drop out for coal in 2016, or will the slow decline continue?
In 40 states, use of coal as a power source (as a share of all power sources) has dropped since 2004. Many of these states are increasingly relying on natural gas instead.