There are no coal mines on Mars

Environmental Economics

Smith, the owner of a mining company called Mohawk Energy, argued that despite the fact that the red planet doesn’t have any coal mines, Mars and Earth share a temperature. Therefore, Smith reasoned, coal companies on Earth should be exempt from emission regulations. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. As someone who hails from the Bluegrass State, what can I say?

Girl Scouts vs coal mining

Environmental Economics

Now, another fixture of the local landscape, coal mining, may be cutting in. A strip mine proposed by a nearby company, Western Kentucky Minerals, could soon surround the camp, altering its bucolic vista for years. Western Kentucky’s mine, Pleasant Ridge, would have three sites — along Route 231, Girl Scout and Russell Roads — and produce an estimated 2.1 million tons of coal over a decade of surface mining.

Alaskans Banding Together Against Proposed Coal Mine

Sierra Club Compass

The proposed Chuitna coal mine in Alaska is the largest climate fight you've never heard of, says Laura Comer of Alaska Beyond Coal. If allowed, the mine would produce more carbon pollution than the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. "It would be the first mine ever allowed to mine through an active salmon stream," says Laura. "The "This project won't benefit Alaska: This whole Chuitna mine is solely for coal exports.

Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 Million

Green Living Ideas

Despite the PR campaigns by the coal lobby that imply that the state relies on coal income, an analysis by The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy finds that actually coal cost the state of West Virginia more than it took in. The [.] [ Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 million coal coal mining costs West Virginia

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Poisons Appalachia's Waterways

Sierra Club Compass

I remember the first time I saw a mountaintop-removal coal mining site - Kayford Mountain in southern West Virginia. Their lives are never the same when a mountaintop-removal coal mine starts blasting. Pollution from mountaintop-removal mining has poisoned many of our streams making them dangerous for certain fish and other aquatic life. They then dump millions of tons of rubble and toxic waste into the streams and valleys below the mining sites.

Depleted Turkish coal mine transforms into prize-winning olive groves

Green Prophet

As olive groves across Turkey are falling victim to energy projects, one construction company decided to buck the trend, turning a coal mine into an award-winning olive plantation. Protests erupted in the disaster-struck coal capital Soma last month after a construction company felled 6,000 olive trees to make way for a power plant. Originally an open-excavation coal mine, it was operated by the Ankara-based Aydiner Company in the 1990s until the coal ran out.

The Reality of Coal Mining Jobs

Sightline Daily

Think about coal miners and you probably envision old Americana images: soot-blackened union guys with picks slung over their shoulders. But the truth is, modern-day coal mining is highly mechanized and it employs relatively few workers, many of them non-union. Consider the coal companies in the Powder River Basin that extract nearly 500 million tons of coal each year with just 7,000 workers. Yet it also means that coal mining is a poor strategy to create jobs.

Tiger Population In India Under Threat From Coal Mining

Eco Friendly Daily

billion people rely heavily on coal, especially as the country has the fifth largest reserves of the energy source in the world. The concern for tigers does not involve carbon dioxide emissions but the coal itself. Unfortunately for tigers, where India has the largest portion of their coal reserves in also in prime tiger territory. Greenpeace has indicated that many coal mines are being approved without necessity.

Is India starting to say `No` to coal?

A Greener Life

Coal has long been king in the country and is continuing to be the backbone for growth in energy provision. And there are perhaps some signs that the shift to renewables is shaping up and the appetite for coal is waning. By Anders Lorenzen.

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Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Sierra Club Compass

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coal pollution when it issues permits to fill valleys with rubble from mountaintop-removal coal mines. Now, instead of dishes, think about what happens when no one chooses to take responsibility for the terrible effects coal pollution has on public health. Coal Coal-Director Health

Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway that's a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

Sierra Club Compass

to protest a Virginia coal boondoggle that has set its sights on $2 billion of your federal tax dollars. Mountaintop removal coal mining is already a shocking, devastating, and destructive practice on its own - but what happens when you add in coal companies making deals with state and federal transportation agencies in order to seize private land and blow it up for coal? This isn't a highway; it’s a 50-mile-long strip mine in our backyards."

Activist Profile: National Christian Denomination Stands Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Sierra Club Compass

One of the best parts of my work is that I get to be inspired, every day, by the stories of people who are taking action – and taking leadership – to rein in coal pollution and move America to clean energy. I’m so excited to hand the blog over to her today for a guest post, to share some great news about an important recent victory she lead in the struggle to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health Safe and Healthy Communities

Two More Victories in the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Sierra Club Compass

While the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining is still far from over, we are celebrating today's ruling by the U.S. Circuit on a massive mountaintop removal project, the Spruce Mine. The court affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority under the Clean Water Act to veto mountaintop removal coal mining permits after they've been issued. 1 mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

A former coal mine will become an eco-tourism hotspot in Scotland

AGreenLiving

has tapped British architectural practice Scott Brownrigg to transform the site of an ex-coal mine into The Barony, a 44-hectare wellness and cultural visitor facility in the southeast council area of East Ayrshire, Scotland. The 44-hectare masterplan will consist of 344 villas, a reception center, a visitor center, spa areas and ecological sites for growing food and re-naturalizing the former coal mine. The Barony NP (UK) Ltd.

300 Million-Year-Old Rainforest Found in Illinois Coal Mine

Eco Friendly Daily

Now, a 10-square-kilometer patch of that rainforest has been discovered, imbedded in the ceiling of a coal mine. The fossils uncovered in the mine reveal an environment completely different than anything on Earth today, but facing some similar challenges: The enormous trees and giant dragonflies that inhabited the forest were coping with the rising waters, higherer temperatures and melting glaciers that accompanied a long period of global warming.

Ison Rock in Virginia Saved from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining, For Now

Sierra Club Compass

Mountain lovers everywhere high-fived today when the news came down that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has denied a surface mine permit for the Ison Rock Ridge mine in southwest Virginia. While A&G Coal Company, the ones applying for the permit, said they will appeal, this is a great grassroots victory for now. The mine would have buried about 14,000 feet of streams with more than 11 million cubic yards of rock and dirt in nine valley fills.

The price of a coal mining job-related air pollution premature death @rff_org

Environmental Economics

Here is a summary of an analysis of part of the Trump Administration energy policy from a new RFF working paper by Daniel Shawhan and Paul Picciano: A leaked US government memo proposes preventing the scheduled retirement of coal and nuclear power plants for two years. Using a detailed simulation model, we estimate the effects of such a policy on emissions, mortality, and coal-mine jobs. coal-mine jobs that it supports.

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The price of a coal mining job-related air pollution premature death @rff_org

Environmental Economics

Here is a summary of an analysis of part of the Trump Administration energy policy from a new RFF working paper by Daniel Shawhan and Paul Picciano: A leaked US government memo proposes preventing the scheduled retirement of coal and nuclear power plants for two years. Using a detailed simulation model, we estimate the effects of such a policy on emissions, mortality, and coal-mine jobs. coal-mine jobs that it supports.

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Feds to Investigate Coal Mine Cleanup Program

Sightline Daily

Snaking Coal by Aaron Hockley used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Big Coal’s finances are in shambles. Wall Street has downgraded coal debt to junk status. And with both domestic and international coal sales slumping, the specter of a wave of coal industry bankruptcies looms ever nearer. ” And as a bombshell of a Reuters investigation shows , it’s now under intense scrutiny by US mine regulators.

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Cool Green Science

They live in and need trees, but their natural forests are being converted to palm oil plantations and coal mines at an unsustainable rate. With all that we know about the plight of orangutans, I was recently shocked to learn that government planning for how lands can be used in East Kalimantan – a process that helps inform decisions for issuing permits for mining, plantation and forestry — were not considering orangutan habitat as key indicators for conservation areas.

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What does the Trump Administration have against Sea Grant? If anything, Sea Grant is all about creating jobs in depressed communities (i.e., commercial fishing is like coal mining)

Environmental Economics

Leaked White House memos suggest the Trump administration is planning deep spending cuts at @NOAA and the @EPA : ($) [link] pic.twitter.com/hJfc7btpUN. Science Magazine (@sciencemagazine) March 10, 2017

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Reckoning with Clean Coal

Green Living Ideas

Coal generates around half of the electricity in the United States, so anytime we talk about clean energy it’s the not-so-invisible elephant in the room. The same way it’s tough to do anything on the Internet without some kind of contact with Google, it would take careful planning to live a day most anywhere without [.] [ Reckoning with Clean Coal from Green Living Ideas ].

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Opinion: So, Germany, you want to do more to tackle climate change?

A Greener Life

While progressive European countries have almost stopped using coal and will do so completely in the coming years, this is not the case in Germany, which has set a laughable deadline of 2038 for its coal phase-out. Quitting coal.

From East to West, Good News for Wilderness and Communities Threatened by Coal Projects

Sierra Club Compass

In the past week we've received good news on major proposed coal projects that pose a threat to communities and beautiful places, from both the eastern U.S.   First, last Friday a federal court cited climate change as a major reason for rejecting federal agencies' approval of a coal mine expansion plan that would bulldoze roads through the pristine and beautiful Sunset Roadless Area wilderness in Western Colorado. Coal Coal-Director Our Wild America

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Climate warnings: over 200 people die as Germany suffers Europe’s most deadly extreme weather event

A Greener Life

Whilst most western European countries have almost phased out coal, Germany is heavily reliant on the dirtiest and highest-emitting fossil fuel having not set the phase-out date before 2038 and had even planned to build a new coal mine. Flooding in Kordel, Germany.

New Spate of Coal Bills in Congress Threaten Air, Water, and Public Health

Sierra Club Compass

This week, Senator Mitch McConnell unveiled legislation that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to speed up its permitting process for new coal mines instead of taking the needed time to review these proposed projects for potential polluting runoff. This is just the latest in a recent spate of legislative moves by King Coal's buddies in Congress that would handcuff the EPA at the expense of clean air, clean water, and our public health.

Monitoring and enforcement

Environmental Economics

Safety (and environmental) regulations have no teeth unless the monitoring and enforcement effort is there: After the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster killed 29 miners last year, federal coal-mine regulators launched a new program of safety blitzes, showing up unannounced at mines in Kentucky and other states, seizing telephones so people underground would get no warning, and fanning out in search of hazards.

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Quote of the day

Environmental Economics

billion endowment of stock in coal-mining companies, becoming the first major university to lend support to a nationwide campaign to purge endowments and pension funds of fossil fuel investments. Coal’s status as a major source of carbon pollution linked to climate change persuaded the trustees to remove companies “whose principal business is coal” from their investment portfolio, the university said. 

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Appalachian Families Denied Clean Water Travel to Washington to Demand Action

Sierra Club Compass

Environmental Protection Agency office to demand an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. Elaine Tanner and her partner Jimmy Hall have both experienced, up close and personal, the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The Kentucky natives are fighting a coal company they claim poisoned their well water. " The mining has blown away their land over the years, too. Coal Coal-Director Health Safe and Healthy Communities

Standing Up for Clean Water When States Won't

Sierra Club Compass

Now, years later, you can't even let your own kids or grandkids play in those same waterways because of pollution from a nearby mountaintop-removal coal mine. mountaintop-removal-mining-based water pollution. that Alex Energy, the Fola Coal Company, and Consol are violating the. Clean Water Act by allowing their mining sites to contaminate several. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health Safe and Healthy Communities

Analysis: The foreign money in China’s booming coal industry

A Greener Life

English banks such as HSBC and Standard Chartered have lent US$5 billion to China’s coal sector in the past two years. Analysis of data from a list of coal companies worldwide has exposed the extent of international finance for Chinese coal companies.

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Taking on Big Coal in Alaska

Sierra Club Compass

In the country's northernmost major city, organizers, activists, supporters, and coalition members gathered for Anchorage's first major anti-coal event. Sierra Club Organizer Laura Comer of the Beyond Coal Alaska campaign said that with the help of four phone banks that made 1,100 calls, more than 130 people attended to discuss the growing problems the area is facing with Big Coal. " Within 40 miles of Anchorage are six proposed strip coal mines.

"A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change"

Environmental Economics

Until that day in April, Mr. Clarke, 61, had never been in a coal mine. Patriot sold not only the troubled Federal mine to Mr. Clarke, but also several other mines that were no longer in operation, including a sprawling surface mine carved from the top of a mountain in southern West Virginia. Mr. Clarke’s new company agreed to clean up the shuttered mines and reclaim the land that had been ravaged. But the mine has struggled from low coal prices.

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Appalachians Stand Up Against Mountaintop Removal

Sierra Club Compass

Appalachians against mountaintop removal coal mining from Kristen E on Vimeo. to demand an end to the industry practice polluting their water and devastating their communities – mountaintop removal mining. On May 8, concerned residents of the Appalachian region came to Washington, D.C.

Coal miners union shows support for renewable energy

AGreenLiving

The United Mine Workers of America has come out in favor of renewable energy , provided that miners can shift to well-paid jobs in that sector. The nation’s largest union representing coal miners has seen coal jobs drop by almost half over the last decade, as fossil fuels are phased out in favor of renewables. Cleaning up abandoned coal mines could provide additional jobs and improve public health and safety. This could potentially help mines stay open.

Coal Chemical Spill Contaminates Water for 300,000 West Virginians

Sierra Club Compass

The spill, which occurred at a Freedom Industries storage facility, involved a 48,000 gallon tank of a chemical used to treat coal before it's sent off to be burned at coal-fired power plants. Coal mining communities are faced with the dangers of water pollution from coal mining and pollution every day. Coal Coal-Director Dirty Fuels Health

Analysis: Floating solar ready for take-off

A Greener Life

The Africa plan is the most dramatic example of an explosion of interest in installing floating solar panels on reservoirs and other water bodies, such as tidal flats and flooded former open-pit mines. The world’s largest array of floating solar panels in China’s Anhui province.

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Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Seattle

Sightline Daily

Related Stories Ridley’s Coal Exports: A Terminal Illness? Feds to Investigate Coal Mine Cleanup Program Walking and Talking the Thin Green Line. Shell’s Polar Pioneer oil rig, incoming to Seattle Port’s Terminal 5. Photo by a friend of Sightline, used with permission.)

Big Coal Profits Off Taxpayers While Pushing Exports that No One Wants

Sierra Club Compass

Big Coal has a dirty little secret: For coal mined in the Powder River Basin (PRB) of Montana and Wyoming, transported to the coast, and shipped to East Asia, the industry only pays government royalties at the time it’s mined and not when it is actually sold overseas, when the price can "increase more than fivefold," reports Associated Press , "saving them millions of dollars in the process." Coal from PRB accounts for 13 percent of U.S.

Listen In: Oregon’s Path to Making Polluters Pay

Sightline Daily

An Explainer: Coal Mine Cleanup and “Self-Bonds” Climate & Energy DemocracyOregon Climate by Francis Eatherington used under CC BY-NC 2.0 Last week, the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on two climate pollution pricing bills (a cap-and-dividend bill and a limit pollution bill) …now what? Also, how does Sightline’s work on carbon pricing relate to our work on democracy reform?

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Bullets Can’t Stop India’s Coal-Fighting Heroes

Sierra Club Compass

Across the country, local communities have been steamrolled by reckless expansion of coal plants and coal mines that have displaced local communities, destroyed the remaining Indian forests , and ravaged the livelihoods of those left in their wake. The tenth largest state in India, Chhattishgarh is a place where the devastating reality of a reliance on coal can be seen every day. Ramesh knew he needed to do something to challenge the overly-powerful coal industry.

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Australian Prime Minister Attempts To Undermine U.S. Climate Action

Sierra Club Compass

But by ignoring the harmful effects carbon pollution from coal, oil, and natural gas on both our public health and our planet, Abbott is not only completely failing to take direct action, he is ultimately helping to further the climate disruption that is so drastically affecting Australians. For years, he has worked to revoke the World Heritage Site status of both the Tasmanian forest and the Great Barrier Reef in an effort to increase logging and dredge for coal exports.

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Kentucky's Coal Challenges -- Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

Sierra Club Compass

This week's column focuses on some big coal-related news items out of the Bluegrass State, where some inspiring Beyond Coal activists are making waves.   That good decision news comes along with a bad one: A Kentucky judge just ruled that a mountaintop- removal coal mine in Knott County does "not significantly affect the quality of the human environment."   Finally, we switch to the Kentucky coal industry's air pollution.