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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

Remember the Coal Wars…

By Congressman Alan Grayson This weekend marks the anniversary of the most brutal confrontation in the history of the American labor movement, the Battle of Blair Mountain. For one week during 1921, armed, striking coal miners battled scabs, a private militia, police officers and the US Army. 100 people died, 1,000 were arrested, and one million […]

August 26th

The era of cheap coal is over

Guess what? Coal isn’t just bad for the environment. And bad for our children’s health. And the future of the planet. It turns out that coal is bad for business, too. Go figure. A new report from the Sierra Club takes a look at all the cute little assumptions, subsidies, and glossed-over costs, and points […]

June 28th