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

Sierra Club Compass

Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm Beyond West Virginia, need another example of how close to home this contamination can be?

U.S. Power Plants Responsible For 72 Percent Of Greenhouse Emissions In Country

Eco Friendly Daily

The power plants and refineries in the study were found to combine for nearly eighty percent of the U.S. Power plants were found to be responsible for seventy-two percent of greenhouse gases, while refineries were 5.7 plant located in Quinton, Alabama.

The Green Buzz: Monday, January 13

Conservancy Talk

Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news. ” is the call of a rancher seeking to save cows turned radioactive after the Fukushima power plant disaster. ( New York Times ). A West Virginia chemical spill , which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end. ( Huffington Post ).

Stock versus Flow: Flow wins

Environmental Economics

At the behest of Ohio regulators in 2011, [American Electric Power] agreed to split its Ohio operations into two companies: one that delivers power and handles billing, and one that owns and operates power plants. Meanwhile, the Ohio power plants are a shrinking asset.

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Coal Chemical Spill Contaminates Water for 300,000 West Virginians

Sierra Club Compass

On Thursday night, a chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia, just two miles above the Elk River water treatment plant near Charleston, contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 residents in central and southern West Virginia.

Coal Ash Dumps Threaten Our Health - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

Coal ash is a general term for the toxic waste produced by coal-fired power plants, and contains multiple toxins and pollutants including arsenic and lead. In 2008, a similar event occurred in Tennessee when the Kingston Fossil Plant ash dike ruptured, releasing 1.1 Compass.

Enough is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

Sierra Club Compass

Chaos, fear and uncertainty; that’s all the people affected by the chemical spill in West Virginia and the coal ash spill in North Carolina have come to expect from their leaders in the wake of these disasters. "They dominate in West Virginia's life.

Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

Sierra Club Compass

The agency has drafted two standards (one for coal ash disposal and the second for coal plant water pollution) that could prevent a disaster like this from ever happening again. Last week, West Virginians delivered 50,000 petitions calling on the U.S.

Labor of Love: How My WV Small Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

Sierra Club Compass

This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn''t just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but also launches a new model making it possible for any WV community organization to go solar.

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.

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At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

Every year, the nation''s coal plants produce 140 million tons of coal ash pollution -- and those tons of toxic material are stored in unlined ponds and uncovered piles nationwide. The communities living in the shadows of power plants have been living with this dangerous pollution for decades.

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Speaking Out for Clean Water Protections

Sierra Club Compass

We heard personal stories of families living in the shadow of coal plants who have been directly affected by toxic water pollution from power plants. Coal fired power plants are the number one source of toxic water pollution in the U.S.,

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Others March to Save Historic Mountain from Mining


Not only does the practice— which involves blowing the top of mountains off with explosives— destroy acres and acres of forest and habitats for many (sometimes endangered) species of animals, but the end result is often more coal to be burned in CO2-emitting power plants.

Natural Gas or Coal: It’s All About the Leak Rate

Nature Conservancy - Science

But, until recently coal was the cheapest fuel for electric power, so it has been widely used across the U.S. Last year about 32% of our nation’s CO 2 emissions came from coal-fired power plants. From the mine to the power plant, there is little loss of coal to the environment.

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More Headwinds for Coal Exports

Sightline Daily

Coal consumption in electric power plants fell 10 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015, even as Beijing announced that it would be closing all of its major coal-fired power plants by the end of 2016. Coal by Kentucky Photo File used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Huge Clean Energy Boost for Eastern Kentucky

Sierra Club Compass

After plans moved forward to retire the coal-fired generators at the Big Sandy Power Plant outside Louisa, Kentucky, the question remained, what does it mean for the energy future of eastern Kentucky?

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. Pitted against unimaginable wealth and power and too often facing violence and intimidation, these are the people that refuse to be silent. Similarly, the island of Palawan in the Philippines also faces the threat of having two coal-fired power plants built in the region.

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C'mon Chamber! - 5 Utilities That Rejected Attacks on Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

The much-anticipated safeguards to clean up carbon pollution from existing power plants have finally been announced , and just as expected, both support and opposition for the protections is all over the airwaves. Even before the Clean Power Plan was proposed, the conservative Chamber of Commerce came out punching with debunked, inaccurate attacks about the plan, claiming we’d see rate hikes and job losses while ignoring the massive economic and public health benefits.

ALEC's Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

PR Watch

House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash, the waste from coal burning plants, as a hazardous waste.

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David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

Sierra Club Compass

They also add up to a sea change in how we make electricity in America: 178 coal plants and 505 coal boilers, one-third of U.S. coal plants, are now retired or slated to retire. West Virginia: In late August, the D.C.

On Heels of Inaugural Address, Sierra Club Announces Coal.

Sierra Club Compass

This outside-the-beltway movement has now won the retirement of 130 coal-fired power plants, and that dramatic power shift is now being felt inside Washington DC, as well. Compass. « Recent Creation Care Highlights | Main.

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Ontario Cares Aboot Coal | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

By the end of 2013, Ontario will shutter 17 of its 19 coal-fired power plants, leaving less than one percent of the province's energy mix provided by coal, and close the last two next year, a decision Bentley says was fueled by concern about global climate change and local health.

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After Keystone XL: Why the Paris climate summit could be different

Green Blog

But even more than that, it has sent the most powerful signal possible to other governments that America takes climate change seriously and is prepared to act.

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