by NICK ENGELFRIED Montana communities won a victory against one of the world’s biggest coal companies earlier this month, when Arch Coal abandoned the Otter Creek mine, the largest proposed new coal strip mine in North America. The story of how the project imploded is one of people power triumphing over a company once thought […]
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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 […]
By Meteor Blades The spill of 7,500 gallons of a coal-washing chemical into a major source of drinking water in West Virginia has once again brought to public attention how corporate-government connections so often favor industrial interests above the common good. In this instance, nobody died from the spill at a facility not inspected since 1991, […]
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 […]
Well, Romney has finally come up with some specifics on energy. Sort of. His big bold new plan for Energy Independence, announced today, is a vague mish-mash of same-old: lots more goodies for oil and coal, plus cuts for renewable energy that could cost 37,000 jobs and turn the global energy future over to the Chinese. […]
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 […]
Wow. After years of bowing to his state’s all-powerful coal barons, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller took to the floor of the Capitol Wednesday to denounce them. Rockefeller accused big coal of using scare tactics and lies to bully people over environmental regulations. And he says it’s time coal executives stopped “pining for the past” […]
By David Doniger Policy Director, Climate and Clean Air Program of the NRDC When EPA released the first comprehensive “right-to-know” data on America’s biggest carbon polluters last week, there was a curious reaction from the one of the biggest industries involved. As expected, the 2010 data show that coal-burning power plants are the biggest sources of the carbon […]
An archive of my Big Coal cartoons. The pen is mightier than the sword (but probably not as mighty as the multi-billion dollar coal industry…).
According to CO2isgreen.org (and .com and .net) all of this extra carbon pollution we are spewing is good for both us and the Earth! What luck! I’m getting a Hummer!
Will we be able to move away from dirty fossil fuels to new clean energy sources in the near future? Not if Old King Coal has his way…
Bonner and Associates next trick in their astroturfing efforts?…
10 Democartic Representatives from coal-dependent states send a letter to Obama sharing that they will not support the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill. Afterall, it’s not nice to Big Coal…
Why would anyone declare their love for coal in this day and age?! And why would anyone do so by SKYDIVING?!…oh, money.
With $62.2 billion of the latest Economic Stumulus Package slated for environmental initiatives the days of the Big Oil and Big Coal “Fat Cats” are numbered…