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.

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.

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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

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.

Analysis: Can Inner Mongolia reach peak carbon this decade?

A Greener Life

This came hot on the heels of the province’s closure of bitcoin mining operations , to curb energy consumption, a move that drew global attention. Inner Mongolia had at one point accounted for 7.66% of global bitcoin mining. Can the coal producer go renewable? By Gao Baiyu.

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

A Greener Life

Whilst the scale of the impact and the economic damage of this event is not yet known, this is the most deadly extreme weather event that has hit the region, and many have joined Merkel in pointing to the elephant in the room; climate change. Flooding in Kordel, Germany.

"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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My guess is that enterprise zones are the greatest idea

Environmental Economics

I've spent 35 years reading newspaper articles with ideas about helping coal mining regions (and I even had the romantic notion about that being my destiny out of grad school). But many Americans say they have seen little benefit from the recovery and complain that the economic deck is stacked against them.   You would think that a guy with "Appalachian" in his affiliation (and lots of friends from coal) would have a better answer

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

Sierra Club Compass

Indian economic development is at a critical juncture. From slowing economic growth to the depreciating rupee to widespread disgust with rampant corruption, India’s “anything goes” model has failed to provide a realistic, prosperous future for its people. 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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An example of why environmental valuation is needed

Environmental Economics

The headline says "mountaintop removal for coal hurts water quality and harms fish." A  new government study  traces the decline in abundance to  mountaintop removal , the controversial coal mining practice of clear cutting trees from mountains before blowing off their tops with explosives. The people opposed to the coal industry are trying to pile on with more studies,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “It

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Is sustainability undergoing a pandemic pause?

AGreenLiving

I mean, why, amid all this human and economic carnage, should companies be focused on anything besides keeping their doors open? ” It said in part: Today, every occupant of every C-suite is trying to figure out what they’re willing to throw overboard as the economic storm spawned by the pandemic is swamping their ships. Unlike previous economic downturns, sustainability isn’t being jettisoned in the spirit of corporate cost-savings.

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Shark Attack! Coal threatens sharks in the Great Barrier Reef

Sierra Club Compass

Fossil fuel corporations and parts of the Australian government are pushing plans to start massive coal mining in the country’s interior, and then dredge within the Reef to build new terminals for export. Expended coal ports and shipping will wreak havoc on the Reef, which is already threatened by climate disruption, and burning more coal will only make the climate crisis even worse. Coal International Photo Credit: Jon Connell.

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Australian government stumbles in climate crisis response

AGreenLiving

As CNN reports, “In November, New South Wales announced a plan to support 12 gigawatts of wind and solar and 2 gigawatts of energy storage through the construction of renewable energy zone to replace its aging coal plants.” The private sector and individual states see green energy as an economic opportunity. Morrison’s government has already announced a gas -based economic recovery plan post-COVID-19.

My tribute to David Graeber: please read his words

Low Impact

Do you think we live in an economic system which is stupid and unfair? Anarchists believe that our present economic system is more likely to reward people for selfish and unscrupulous behavior than for being decent, caring human beings.

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Adventuring in New River Gorge, the newest US national park

AGreenLiving

Named for early coal developer John Nuttall, its 98% quartz composition means it’s one of the hardest sandstones you can find. West Virginia cultural history Long before the rise of the outdoor recreation biz, southern West Virginia’s three big industries were timber, railroads and coal. Coal, especially, is still in evidence, whether it’s driving past huge piles of coal waiting to be loaded on river barges or glimpsing the entrance to an abandoned coal mine.

Wendell Berry and Bill Moyers to Talk Coal, Climate This Week on PBS

Sierra Club Compass

Among many other topics, these two giants of American culture will discuss issues very close to my heart: coal, climate change, and the future of Appalachia and the planet. That included telling the truth about coal, and the legacy of social, environmental, and economic unraveling it created across Appalachia, which stills plagues the region today. He has protested and risked arrest in opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining, and to call for action on climate change.

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No Greenlight for Expansion of IFC-Funded Tata Mundra Coal Plant

Sierra Club Compass

India’s king coal is well on its way to being dethroned. First, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) refused to finance an expansion of the dirty, destructive Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant back in May. Now it seems Indian courts  have agreed that the wide-reaching effects of this coal project are too controversial to move forward with the proposed expansion. This week didn’t start off any better for Tata or its Mundra coal plant.

Low-Carbon Investment Opportunities are Finally Catching Up with Demand

Cool Green Science

For example, we’re supporting large-scale landscape conservation in the Central Appalachian mountains to protect the carbon storage capacity of its forests, support sustainable natural resource economies such as timber harvesting and recreation, and reduce the threat of mountaintop removal coal mining (and its associated greenhouse gas emissions).

Marquee Investor Backs Away From Coal Exports in the Northwest

Sierra Club Compass

One of the largest investment banks in the world has backed away from the Cherry Point coal export proposal in Washington.   Earlier this week, financial giant Goldman Sachs sold off its stake in the parent company of SSA Marin e, the developer of the dirty and dangerous coal export terminal at Cherry Point. This is the latest in a series of setbacks for the proposal, which aims to export 50 million tons of Western coal to Asia every year. Coal Coal-Director Health

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Wyoming Coal Lease Sale Attracts Zero Bidders

Sierra Club Compass

On August 21, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lease sale in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for 149 million tons of publicly-owned coal failed to attract a single bid. It was the first time that a federal coal tract offered for sale in Wyoming failed to attract any bidders -- even the company that originally sought to mine the location determined that it couldn't do so profitably. "We are unable to construct an economic bid for this tract at this time," he said. "We

2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

Sierra Club Compass

Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. Coal India International

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Urging clean energy and justice for tribal nations

AGreenLiving

Urging clean energy and justice for tribal nations Roger Sorkin Thu, 04/01/2021 – 00:45 During the 20th century, coal was a cheap and reliable source of electricity. Our nation’s task now is to manage that transition in a just and sustainable way so that people living in “coal country,” who made sacrifices to build our economy, are not left behind. Both operations closed in 2019, resulting in an economic crisis for these Indigenous nations.

Who Owns the Forest?

Cool Green Science

By attaining the village forest designation, the community has been able to stave off the threat t hat their forest will be converted to a closed pit coal mine – something they have opposed – and instead opens the door for them to determine how the forest should be managed for the benefit of the community, now and for future generations. Children of the village © Nick Hall/TNC. Helping Communities Control their Futures in Indonesia.

Turkey Wins “Fossil of the Day” Award At Doha Climate Change Negotiations

Green Prophet

With the world’s fourth largest number of planned coal-fired power plants, according to a recent World Resource Institute report , Turkey is flouting international concern about climate change. In Turkish paper Hurriyet Daily News , a CAN representative lays out the other reasons why Turkey has won this very dubious honor: We’ve given the award to Turkey because it is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of coal mines.

Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Trishna Dutta

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s potentially a lot of roads, dams, mines, railroad tracks and power plants. “It With only about 4 percent of the country’s forest cover protected for biodiversity, wilderness areas outside this protected area network are under increasing pressures from infrastructure development for transportation, mining, hydropower and other human needs. If we have this mining activity elsewhere, does it contribute towards both economic and ecological security?

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Ambre’s Shaky Finances: Rebutting the Response

Sightline Daily

Ambre] has 10 year contracts to supply up to 5 million tons of coal per year to two Korean power generating companies, Korea South-East Power and Korea Southern Power. As discussed in our report, Ambre’s FY 2012 financial report states that they have secured “10-year coal supply agreements” with the two Korean power companies. So Ambre may be happy to have found any overseas customer willing to buy its high-sodium coal. Gard Communications, the P.R.

Coal Exports: Unfair Market Value

Sightline Daily

Coal Train in Residential Neighborhood by Paul K. Anderson (Used with permission) Today, Sightline is releasing a new report on the US Bureau of Land Management’s coal leasing programs: Unfair Market Value: By Ignoring Exports, BLM Underprices Federal Coal. As a result, the agency is giving away publicly owned coal for a song—boosting coal company profits, while denying the American public of millions of dollars of revenue each year.

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Do Coal Investors Really Care About Exports?

Sightline Daily

Giant coal trains near North Antelope Rochelle Mine by Kimon Berlin used under CC BY-SA 2.0 Powder River Basin coal mining firm Cloud Peak saw a stock sell-off today after the company announced that it would be shipping a bit less coal this year than it had expected to. But the quick downturn shows just how little it takes these days to shake investors’ confidence in the coal industry.

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The Wall Street Consensus: Coal Exports Are Risky Business

Sightline Daily

As Eric mentions below , Goldman Sachs just sold its interest in the Gateway Pacific coal export project to a Mexican billionaire. But when coupled with Ambre’s difficulties finding new financing , Goldman’s move underscores an important new reality: Wall Street now views Northwest coal exports as too risky to touch. Of course, they had plenty of warning: Wall Street analysts have been issuing increasingly dire assessments of coal export prospects for more than a year.

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Holiday Season Brings Big Developments For International Coal Financing

Sierra Club Compass

President Francois Hollande announced an end to export credit financing for coal , making France the latest domino to fall as countries and banks commit to ending support for this deadly fossil fuel, whose pollution kills up to  100,000 people in India  and 250,000 people in China  every year. It appears Japan has not learned its lesson from the fight over the Batang coal plant in Central Java, Indonesia. government institution to the proposed mining project.

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. 

Protecting Northwest Communities from Coal Dust Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

Photo from a coal export public hearing. This week, the Sierra Club, several Waterkeepers, and other allies in the Northwest filed legal action that put companies on notice for coal pollution coming off of trains and polluting the region. Residents grow, eat, and export foods that are economic mainstays for the region and are prized around the world - from vegetables to wine to salmon. A huge crowd at a recent coal export public hearing in the Pacific Northwest.

2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

Sierra Club Compass

Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. Coal India International

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Ex-Im Bank Announces Historic Coal Finance Ban

Sierra Club Compass

government support for public financing of new coal plants overseas, executive agencies that make these funding decisions have been working to make good on this commitment. Ex-Im is the first Export Credit Agency (ECA) to announce such restrictions, a testament to President Obama’s leadership in withdrawing public support for new coal plants overseas. The coal industry’s success has long depended upon its ability to keep these costs off the ledger.   Coal Internationa

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Obama’s Climate Failure

Sightline Daily

For maybe the first time ever, I had something in common with coal company investors: we were wholly unfazed. Coal stocks had dipped a bit in anticipation of the President’s speech, but after it they were steady. In fact, most of the big coal mining firms actually saw nice price bumps in afternoon trading. I’ll admit that the President does deserve a little credit for his decision to let the EPA regulate carbon from coal power.

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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.  Meanwhile, another coal project seeking finance from the U.S.

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The (not so) green recovery: New report warns world is failing to ‘build back better’

AGreenLiving

That is the bleak headline from a major report published this week by the United Nations Environment Program and Oxford’s Economic Recovery Project, which warns policymakers are missing out on the “greatest chance we have had so far” to redirect the upward trajectory of global greenhouse gas emissions and put the world on track for meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Brexit and the commercial fishing industry

Environmental Economics

In case you ever wondered why people might vote against their economic self interest ( In Brexit, Economic Reality Competes With Nostalgia for Bygone Days ): There aren’t a lot of fishermen left in this town in North East England, once home to one of the largest fleet of trawlers in Britain. Time and again, economic facts are no competition for sentiment and history. Make a note to remind yourself that behavior is guided by more than economic self-interest

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Holiday Season Brings Big Developments For International Coal Financing

Sierra Club Compass

President Francois Hollande announced an end to export credit financing for coal , making France the latest domino to fall as countries and banks commit to ending support for this deadly fossil fuel, whose pollution kills up to  100,000 people in India  and 250,000 people in China  every year. It appears Japan has not learned its lesson from the fight over the Batang coal plant in Central Java, Indonesia. government institution to the proposed mining project.

Put Your Money Where Your Future Is: College Students Lead the.

Sierra Club Compass

These UT students are among thousands of young leaders nationwide that have done incredibly impressive clean energy organizing on their campuses in recent years, winning campaigns that call upon administration officials to move beyond coal and showcase their universities as innovators and leaders. Students have won campaigns to retire one-third of the remaining on-campus coal plants nationwide, through the Campuses Beyond Coal campaign. Coal-Director. Compass.

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

Cool Green Science

Other conservative and libertarian thought-leaders who support the idea include supply-side economics guru Art Laffer; John Tierney of the New York Times; Irwin Stelzer at the Hudson Institute; Jonathan Adler at Case Western Reserve University School of Law (the former director of the environmental policy shop at the Competitive Enterprise Institute); and Clive Crook of Bloomberg View (formerly of the Atlantic Monthly). In my view Jerry Taylor is one of the smartest thinkers on U.S.

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The Great Seal Controversy

Eco Friendly Daily

It is an industry in a region with few other economic alternatives. Then there is the question of economic feasibility. Just as families and communities have had to find alternatives to traditional employment across the country and around the world – think about the demise of coal-mining, lumber, cod-fishing, whaling, knitwear mills, and much more.