Coal “Mine”

Wend Magazine

More on all things coal. From OpenSecrets.org: Coal Mining: Top Recipients (and MUCH more). From Second Nature: Coal-Fired Plants Linked to Asthma (and the disprportionate amounts of coal-related asthma cases in the black community). From OnEarth: Coal on a Roll.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 as a bombshell of a Reuters investigation shows , it’s now under intense scrutiny by US mine regulators.

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.

An Explainer: Coal Mine Cleanup and “Self-Bonds”

Sightline Daily

Coal Black and White by W Silver used under CC BY 2.0 A Bloomberg analysis attributed the fall to new concerns about the financing of coal mine cleanups: Two U.S. coal companies, Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc., Here goes… What is mine reclamation?

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

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. Coal Coal-Director Healt

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. The project is a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and coal mining companies, including Alpha Natural Resources. Coal Coal-Director Health

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. 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. 1 mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

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.

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

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. Good work is happening against mountaintop removal coal mining!

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.

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Conservancy Talk

They live in and need trees, but their natural forests are being converted to palm oil plantations and coal mines at an unsustainable rate. Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post written by Niel Makinuddin, Senior Manager for the Conservancy’s East Kalimantan program.

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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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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. million tons of coal under 1,700 acres of the Sunset Roadless Area in order to expand Arch Coal's West Elk Coal Mine.

When it comes to easily measured economic outcomes, President Trump 'has had a reasonably good year.but.'

Environmental Economics

Jobs in the manufacturing and coal mining industries ticked up, the trade deficit shrank a bit, and the number of murders in some big cities decreased. FiveThirtyEight's assessment of President Trump's first year: The upshot? Few dramatic changes in either direction. The uninsurance rate got worse — the only change in the opposite direction of Trump’s goal. The biggest movement in the direction Trump hoped to see was the increase in oil and natural gas production.

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Sing, Sweet Canary—the World desperately Needs your Message.

Elephant Journal

Like a canary in a coal mine, our intense moods and physical symptoms signal the danger others may not yet be able to. Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality chakra clearing collective consciousness empath energies highly sensitive Lunar Cycle reiki salt lamps Smudging

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.

Monitoring and enforcement

Environmental Economics

Since April 2010, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has conducted 251 so-called “impact inspections” in coal mines, including 73 in Kentucky and seven in Indiana.

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Carbon Omission

Wend Magazine

And of course, before the was “OAL” there was “Clean Coal” It’s unfortunate that Big Coal has Big Cash to peddle Big BS to further delay little wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal. More on Big Coal BS. From Source Watch: Environmental impacts of coal.

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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.

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.

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. " Within 40 miles of Anchorage are six proposed strip coal mines. And follow Beyond Coal Alaska on Facebook.

Healthy Birds, Healthy Rainforest: Lessons from the Amazon

10,000 Birds

This whole project, in essence, brings new meaning to the concept of the canary in a coal mine. A few years back, Audubon magazine published a thoughtful article and series of musings (including those of our very own Corey Finger) on the subject of why birds matter.

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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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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 Coal-Director Dirty Fuels Health

Green Investment Bank sold to fracking investor

Green (Living) Review

Research by Market Forces has found Macquarie's fossil fuel exposure is at least £1.55bn since 2008, including £255m provided for the Maules Creek Mine in Australia, for which some of the vast Leard State Forest was destroyed.

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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.

"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.

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

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

Sierra Club Compass

Meanwhile, Big Coal is enabled by a complacent Bureau of Land Management, which is leasing out PRB coal at rock bottom prices to boost industry profits. No wonder why coal companies are rushing a number of proposals to expand their exporting operations up and down the Pacific Northwest.

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.

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. Coal India International

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The World’s Largest Coal Company Just Filed for Bankruptcy

Mother Jones

These are truly dark days for coal. The year started off badly for the industry when Arch Coal, the second-biggest coal producer in the United States, filed for bankruptcy. On Wednesday, the slow and steady die-off of coal claimed its biggest victim.

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.

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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. " We're hoping that doesn't continue a trend of pro-coal decisions on mountaintop-removal coal mining.