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Trump digs coal’s…. grave, part 2: Illinois coal collapse

The hits just keep on coming for the US coal industry. In the latest development, industry insiders anticipate more mines to close or consolidate in Illinois, a leading US coal producing state. Either way, miners in Illinois are looking down the long, dark barrel of unemployment. By Tina Casey Cleantechnica The Lowdown On Illinois Coal […]

March 30th

Navajo Tribe rejects coal, embraces clean energy

On Thursday, March 21, the Naa’bik’iyati’ Committee (Committee of the Whole) of the Navajo Council voted down a resolution to support Navajo Transitional Energy Co.’s proposal to buy and operate Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Energy’s Kayenta coal mine, which supplies the power plant with fuel. The 11–9 defeat of the resolution led today to an […]

March 23rd

90 percent of coal plants taint groundwater with toxic coal ash

According to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, 243 of 265 of coal plants that monitor groundwater pollution across the nation have been shown to be leaking toxic coal ash pollution. By Meteor Blades The data from about three-quarters of U.S. coal plants come from utility filings mandated by federal coal ash rules that the Trump […]

March 11th

Bankrupt coal companies continue to demand SOCIALISM

If anybody out there is wondering why US President* Donald Trump has been rather quiet on the topic of digging coal jobs these past few months, just take a look at the Westmoreland Coal Company, one of the biggest coal producers in North America — well, until recently. By Tina Casey Et Tu, Westmoreland Coal […]

March 5th

Game changer: Ohio voters approve legal rights for Lake Erie (“If corporations have rights…”)

Voters in Toledo, Ohio, voted overwhelmingly to approve the so-called Lake Erie Bill Of  Rights— a declaration that the lake, which supplies drinking water to Toledo and many surrounding communities, has the legal right to be protected from harm from human activity. The final tally was 61% in favor of the charter amendment and 39% opposed. […]

March 1st

Displaced coal-workers have new jobs – as beekeepers!

No one expects sustainable energy and lifestyle businesses to completely replace the fossil fuel jobs that have been lost. But advocates in both areas are hoping that sustainability career paths can assist displaced workers and the next generation to find satisfying employment and create more diversified, robust local economies. Sustainable businesses with an emphasis on […]

February 24th

Drain the swamp! It’s not too late to block fossil-fuel lobbyist Wheeler from heading the EPA

Andrew R. Wheeler, the acting administrator of the EPA, is Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed the disgraced Scott Pruitt. From Trump’s perspective, Wheeler’s a smart choice. Where Pruitt acted like a gung-ho commando who had parachuted behind enemy lines at the EPA, Wheeler is a methodical technocrat and veteran fossil fuel lobbyist who worked at […]

February 22nd

Go to LA to see what the Green New Deal will look like in action

The Green New Deal resolution, introduced in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, offers a vision for simultaneously tackling climate change, environmental injustice, and economic inequality that’s both ambitious and pragmatic. The reaction was mostly positive, but there were naysayers, of course, who questioned whether the kind of progress called for in the Green […]

February 19th

McConnell thinks Green New Deal vote will trap Dem 2020 candidates. He’s living in a coal mine…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are hoping they can box in Democratic presidential candidates by forcing an early vote in the Senate on the Green New Deal resolution. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Julián Castro, and Kirsten Gillibrand—all of whom have declared their presidential candidacies—have pledged their support for the GND concept. McConnell […]

February 18th