Despite the global push to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, coal remains a key part of America’s energy mix. A new study suggests that Texas could replace nearly 100% of its coal output with wind and solar energy. With proper infrastructure investment, renewables could not only help the Lone Star State kick coal, but it could also help stablize its battered power grid. Coal has maintained a surprising degree of political power in the United States, even as the economic sway of the sector wanes and the dirty fossil fuel increasingly falls out of favor with the global community under the mounting pressure of climate change. Last year, at the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, the United States was conspicuously absent from a consortium of 40 countries pledging to end coal, a decision which seems to be directly related to the country’s still powerful coal lobby. While the White […]