Resources in Myth: Coal is Cheap

Dodging clean up costs: Six tricks coal mining companies play

This report looks at six methods that coal companies operating in Australia currently use to avoid, minimize or delay their rehabilitation obligations in New South Wales and Queensland. The report finds that the existing legal framework allows public and private companies to rort the system by avoiding their rehabilitation responsibilities. The result is unnecessary, and in some cases extreme, costs that are borne by the taxpayer when proper rehabilitation is performed.

THE ECONOMICS OF COAL LEASING ON FEDERAL LANDS: Ensuring a fair return to taxpayers.

This report examines the market implications of changing royalty rates based on three potential approaches motivated by the current structure. It concludes the US Government’s federal lands coal leasing program costs taxpayers billions of dollars in lost revenue due to a flawed approach to valuing coal, inadequate oversight and major royalty loopholes.

Water Demands of coal power plants in drought affected regions of India

A detailed report by Greenpeace that analyses the water demands of coal power plants in drought affected regions of India, a country which has 4% of water resources but more than 17% of the worlds' population. The report illustrates that long term planning of water resources is necessary to prevent severe droughts. Coal power plants are one of most water-intensive industrial users of fresh water across the world and in India.

NEW REPORT: Nearly $1 Trillion Wasted Globally On Extraneous Coal Projects

Boom and Bust 2016 is the second annual report published by Greenpeace, The Sierra Club and CoalSwarm examining the precarious global coal plant pipeline. The report reveals that while the coal industry continues to push for the construction of more coal-fired power plants, in reality, coal plants are increasingly sitting idle in all of the world’s four largest markets, and global coal consumption is declining drastically. This is particularly evident in China where the government recently took the first step to curb runaway coal plant investment, after the country’s coal use plunged by nearly 6.4 percent in two years.