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. 

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." All at once, a trappers'' and hunters'' hamlet became a churning coal-camp town.

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Patriot Bankruptcy Puts Retired Miners in Life and Death Struggle

Sierra Club Compass

In my many years in Appalachia, I''ve worked, traveled, prayed, broken bread, and raised a glass with a good many retired coal miners. Now, many of these retired miners, who sacrificed so much to provide for their families and power the homes of millions, are facing the unthinkable - the retirement and health benefits that they rely on are in jeopardy, due to the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal. Coal mining is one of the world’s most dangerous occupations.

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.

Coal Use Declining Across U.S. Due To Natural Gas

Eco Friendly Daily

Coal has been used globally for centuries, helping to assist nations prosper with the cheap fuel source. Unfortunately coal is also responsible for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollutants. Climate change, acid rain and smog can all be linked to the use of coal. But due to the accessibility and cheapness, coal has remained the go-to energy source for many nations across the world, including the United States.

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.

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The Green Changemakers

It combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems. Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. Hoxsey, the former coal miner whose family’s herbal recipe has brought about claims of a cancer cure.