Clinton Says She'll "Put a Lot of Coal Companies and Coal Miners Out of Business"

Mother Jones

Speaking in Ohio about her plans to revitalize coal country, Clinton said, "We're going to put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business." But it's not hard to guess which comment will end up as a sound bite in attack ads in coal states during the general election. She vows to finish @barackobama 's war on coal and Kentucky. Obama's climate regulations have little to do with the coal industry's decline over the last decade.

Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. My name is Nick Mullins and I am a 4th generation former underground coal miner from Southwestern Virginia. The proud heritage of the coal miner has been soiled by the greed of an industry that knows no bounds in its exploitation of decent, hardworking people. 


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Hillary Clinton Really Regrets Saying She’d Put Coal Miners Out of Work

Mother Jones

Last weekend, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton made an unexpectedly strong statement about her intentions for coal country. As I reported : Speaking in Ohio about her plans to revitalize coal country, Clinton said, "We're going to put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business." But it's not hard to guess which comment will end up as a sound bite in attack ads in coal states during the general election.

The Coal Industry’s Falling Productivity

Sightline Daily

Interesting factoid: an hour of labor produces about 25 percent less coal today than it did a decade ago. Declining labor productivity means rising costs and slimmer profits for coal companies—adding to the woes of an industry that’s already reeling from slumping demand. But it’s not like the coal industry is doing something wrong to make productivity fall.

"Job creation shuffle"

Environmental Economics

Severin Borenstein: Renewable energy proponents and advocates of the Keystone pipeline finally agree on something: that the right way to count “job creation” is to focus narrowly on the jobs in the industry they want to boost and ignore the overall impact on employment.  The problem is that when it comes to creating or destroying jobs, counting the direct industry impact misses a big part of the picture. So, the direct industry impact is smaller than claimed.

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Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere

Green (Living) Review

Coal production is gradually leaving Appalachia—having already extracted much of the region''s natural wealth. in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, "Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built." " International Harvester, a farm-equipment conglomerate created by industrial speculator J.P.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Sierra Club Compass

" For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring. And it gets worse -- how about this article featuring a former WV coal miner, Joe Stanley, who says : "I watched the coal industry poison our water for years. We know the coal industry is getting away with poisoning our waterways nationwide, and a new study of federal data by the Associated Press shows just that.

One Volunteer's Story of the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Spill

Sierra Club Compass

Running alongside the Little Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is the sleepy town of Van. While state and federal agencies have focused on getting water to the big towns in the region, like Charleston, only dedicated volunteers have made the journey to Van, and innumerable other places like it in the sparsely populated valleys and hollows that make up much of the region left without running water by the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Coal Consequences Dirty Fuels Healt

The myths of sustainable consumption and sustainable growth

Green (Living) Review

Though not without obstacles and controversy, the concept of sustainable consumption has been embraced by policymakers, consumers, and industry alike. While the actions of each and every one of us make a difference we need more than just voting with our wallet and choosing green alternatives and hoping that industry catches up with our demand and thus things will change.

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Quote of the Day: "The fact is places like Ohio were getting dramatically cleaner anyways"

Environmental Economics

From the front page of the Columbus Dispatch : As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday easing environmental regulations, he said to coal miners standing nearby: "You know what it says, right? The announcement could have mixed effects in Ohio, where cheap natural gas, mechanization and competitive renewable technologies have contributed to an industry-wide move away from coal. "That's

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Pacific Rim Coal Prices Continue to Tumble

Sightline Daily

Newcastle coal futures prices, August 2014 contract. In case you don’t check the coal futures markets every day, you may have missed the news that international coal prices recently reached a multi-year low. To understand just how dramatic the decline has been, all you need to do is look at the chart of futures prices for coal at Newcastle, Australia, one of the key pricing points for Pacific Rim coal markets.

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Would-be Coal Exporters Scheme To Avoid Paying Worker Benefits

Sightline Daily

Amid all the “jobs, jobs” cheers from Northwest coal export proponents, two of the biggest players in the debate have embarked on a scheme to weasel out of paying retirement and health benefits to their workers. In a nutshell, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal spun off companies that became Patriot Coal, saddled them with as much of their worker-benefit and environmental liability as they could get away with, and then watched as Patriot went bust. This is appalling.

A Month of Disappointments for Coal Exporters

Sightline Daily

Miles-long coal train. It’s been a tumultuous month for proponents of massive coal export terminals in BC, Washington, and Oregon. So here’s a synopsis of the month’s biggest stories: Oregon’s denial of the Morrow Pacific coal export project has sent would-be coal exporters into a panic. T his is the kind of thing that keeps coal producers awake at night. ” [Emphasis added.] County Coal’s mystery export project shelved.

Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

Sierra Club Compass

India’s coal bubble is perilously close to bursting. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it’s time to diversify away from coal. Of the three rulings, the most talked about came in response to public outrage over sweetheart deals for private mining companies that provided access to coal mine leases for next to nothing. The fallout of this decision may ultimately be as sweeping as that of “coal gate.”

Journalism and the Death of Hildy Johnson | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

fact, I think that to some extent, the current political wars are a culture war not between social liberals and social conservatives, but between the values of the mandarin system, and the values of those who compete in the very different culture of ordinary businesses—ones outside glamor industries like tech or design. Coal Giant's $10 Million Loan to Democrats Is Now a $10 Million Donation. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment.

The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax: Q&A with Jerry Taylor

Conservancy Talk

I would prefer using them to 1) indemnify the bottom quintile of wage earners so that their net tax payments, in aggregate, do not increase as a consequence of the tax, 2) provide some sort of job training or early retirement options for coal miners and 3) use the remainder to cut corporate income tax rates. greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions, and let the competitive chips fall where they may (chips that, for all but a few industries, will have only a modest impact).

"Trump's energy plan overstates benefits of more drilling"

Environmental Economics

The Republican presidential candidate says he will boost America's economic output, create millions of new jobs, and put coal miners back to work. But the windfalls Trump touts originate from a report commissioned by a nonprofit with ties to the energy industry and whose findings rely on a forecasting model that often overstates the benefits of increased drilling, according to economists who have researched the U.S.

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But what about the economy?

The Green Changemakers

Soot from burning coal is harmful, so we restrict how much a coal-fired power station can emit. If we ban asbestos mining, asbestos miners lose their jobs. If we don't worry about Afghan poppy farmers or young couples investing in banks or assault rifle sellers losing their income, I don't see why we should worry about coal miners or oil rig workers losing theirs. Maybe it needs a revolution ( Green with a gun ).

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Weekend Reading 3/11/11

Sightline Daily

I love coal. Winters tells the story of his work in coal mining as a young man, and he gives us a good flavor of the industry, and whats wrong about it. I finally dug into "BCs Dark Dirty Secret: Big Coal and the Export of Global Warming Pollution," recently published by the Victoria-based Dogwood Initiative. I take this to be the go-to source for understanding the provinces surprisingly large coal industry. Skip to content.

Free documentary Films Archive

The Green Changemakers

Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. 2008) - filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.