The iconic Appalachian coal producing state of West Virginia has soldiered through the most intense series of bombings in US history. The dust has not settled yet, but the winner is…maybe solar power? That’s a mighty big maybe, but state policy makers are finally beginning to realize that mining for coal by flattening hundreds of […]
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The idea of using abandoned surface coal mines for new utility scale solar farms has been tossed around for awhile now, and the idea certainly is appealing. The NIMBY issue would practically fade away into nothing, and a new study suggests that the potential area for solar development climbs into the thousands of square kilometers […]
A new study has found that trying to revive the coal industry in Appalachia won’t work and may well lead to a slowing of job growth. While the steep decline in coal industry jobs seen in Appalachia over the last few decades (71% since 1985) has often been blamed publicly on environmental regulations, the new research […]
By Meteor Blades The notorious Don Blankenship, former CEO of A.T. Massey, the sixth largest coal operator in the United States, showed up Monday in the offices of Bloomberg/Businessweek to promote his new, self-funded documentary video. The video was timed for release to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the explosion in West Virginia’s Upper […]
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 […]
It’s official. After 13 years of negotiations, studies, and court battles, the Environmental Protection Agency is protecting the environment by telling Arch Coal Company that its Spruce No 1 “mountaintop removal” coal mine is terminally bad for the environment. As such, the agency is vetoing it. The mine would have been the largest ever, and […]
Why would anyone declare their love for coal in this day and age?! And why would anyone do so by SKYDIVING?!…oh, money.
NASA’s Dr. James Hansen joined in an act of civil disobedience against mountaintop removal mining by attempting to trespass on the property of Massey Energy near Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, and was arrested along with other protesters including Darryl Hannah and former US Representative Ken Hechler (D-WV).
The stimulus package approved in February contains items aimed at making everyone an environmentalist. Well, let’s say practical environmentalist.
In a high profile campaign, West Virginia citizens have asked for a last minute ‘stay of execution’ against the imminent destruction of the site of a proposed wind farm on the state’s Coal River Mountain. Handing in a petition, signed by more than 8,000 residents, campaigners today called on State Governor Minchin to make good […]