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EPA victory – SCOTUS won’t block mercury rules for coal power plants

By Meteor Blades Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of those challenging the Obama administration’s rule establishing its mercury and air toxics standard (MATS). The court majority decided in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency that the EPA had failed to consider the costs of compliance before it finalized the rule. But the court did not throw out the […]

June 13th

Failing coal CEOs rake in big bonuses as they screw workers

By Meteor Blades The advocacy group Public Citizen released a report Tuesday showing how top executives for three giant coal companies got large compensation boosts even as they laid off workers and cut their benefits. The three companies—Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources—are all continuing their operations under Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings. Over the past few years, […]

May 20th

Big coal is dying – NW rejects zombie mega-mine

By Mary Anne Hitt Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign Let’s start this victory column with a staggering number: For years Arch Coal had its eyes set on mining upwards of 1.3 billion tons of coal from Montana’s Otter Creek coal reserves – a move that would create the largest new coal strip […]

March 15th

Bankrupt coal company gives fat bonuses to execs, kills worker pensions

By Meteor Blades Much is made of the “war on coal” in some circles, but the war on coal miners is mostly ignored. That war, of course, has been going on for more than a century in various forms. Company “gun-thugs” once battled unions with bullets, and company lawyers fought black lung legislation with pens and lobbying. Later, they did the same […]

February 16th

What President Obama SHOULD Say About Solar In The SOTU

By Frank Andorka, RGB Contributor All eyes will be on the House of Representatives tonight … oh, who am I kidding? Viewership for the State of the Union have been falling for years, and I’m fairly certain this year won’t be any different. I’m thinking it’s because the state of the union is always strong and […]

January 20th

More bad news for West Virginia – formaldehyde in the water, scientists are “scared”

by Meteor Blades David Gutman at the Charleston Gazette, which has been doing an excellent job covering the chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, reports another disturbing development: A Marshall University environmental scientist and member of the state Environmental Quality Board said today that he has found formaldehyde in local water samples and that the continued lack of […]

January 29th

Victory! Nevada pulls the plug on polluting coal plant

By Mary Anne Hitt Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign There is big news out of Nevada that will echo around the nation. Late Monday night the Nevada Assembly passed a bill clearing the path to retire the polluting Reid Gardner coal plant. The bipartisan bill is now headed for an expected signature […]

Patriot Coal agrees to end mountaintop removal mining

Bankruptcy, plus a Sierra Club water pollution lawsuit, have prompted the Patriot Coal Company to agree to phase out its horrific mountaintop removal coal mining operations. It’s the first time a coal company has agreed to end the destructive practice, which decimates the landscape and dumps tons of toxic debris into the mountain streams that […]

November 16th