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1. COAL:

Analysis declares 'twilight of coal-fired power' in U.S.

The era of U.S. coal-fired electric power generation will effectively end as new federal regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from fossil plants take effect, a new analysis from Bloomberg Government concludes. The report, from energy analyst Rob Barnett, posits that the new U.S. EPA rule, rolled out last month and open for public comment until June 12, will effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants because the CO2 emission rates required of fossil plants are so strenuous that no conventional coal plant could meet them.

2. AVIATION:

787 Dreamliner ushers in new age of fuel-efficient flight

Boeing's new highly efficient commercial airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, was greeted yesterday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport like a celebrity. The lighter, stronger and more spacious aircraft arrived in Washington, D.C., for the first time this week, and because it is 20 percent more fuel-efficient than comparable aircraft, many say the Dreamliner has brought with it a new era in commercial flight.

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