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The Coal Royalty Loophole That's Costing the U.S. Hundreds of Millions

Carrie La Seur | Posted 08.07.2015 | Green
Carrie La Seur

As Americans retreat to cooler locales for the worst of the summer's heat, the Department of the Interior is on a listening tour about coal royalty reform. Interior manages coal on public lands for the public's best interest, which has been ill-served by the below-market prices attached to federal mineral leases for decades.

Great News for Latinos: 200 Closed Coal-Burning Plants in the U.S.

Javier Sierra | Posted 07.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Javier Sierra

Climate change constitutes a planetary emergency that we all must confront. And the retirement of these coal plants feels like 200 breaths of fresh air.

Rising Appalachia: 200,000 Say End Mountaintop Removal In Historic Petition

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The extraordinary show of support for the ACHE Act campaign effectively acknowledges that the only defenders of the cancer-linked radical strip mining operations are a handful of absentee coal companies, indicted coal baron Don Blankenship, and their fringe supporters in Congress.

Praised Be This Divine Intervention: The Pope Lowers the Hammer on the World's Deniers

Javier Sierra | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Javier Sierra

Panic mode has been declared among the world's climate change deniers. Papal Encyclical "Laudato Si" (Praised Be to You) about climate change has just caused the collapse of the house of cards sustaining the arguments of the Flat Earth Society.

Blood on the Mountain: New Film Chronicles Coal's War on Appalachia

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Unfolding with the plaintive air of an elegy, Blood on the Mountain captures mining companies' blatant disregard for the health and lives of coal miners -- and the mountains they call home -- as a timely reminder of the legacy of an essentially outlaw industry and its 150-year reign in West Virginia.

Big Coal's Dirty Playbook to Block the Clean Power Plan

Earthjustice | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., recently joined with other longtime climate deniers to introduce a bill that would derail the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan when finalized this summer would set the first-ever federal limits on the biggest source of carbon pollution: existing power plants.

Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government. This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties. And while the Republican and Democratic Party billionaires have some differences, what unites them is much stronger than what divides them, a few exceptions aside. Indeed, many of the richest individual and corporate donors give to both parties. The much-discussed left-right polarization is not polarization at all. The political system is actually relatively united and working very effectively for the richest of the rich.

President Obama Should Embrace Disclosure of Climate Damage

Earthjustice | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green

It should be standard procedure for the federal government to disclose and pay real attention to the costs of carbon pollution of all of their actions -- before the costs to everyone on Earth become unbearably high.

How Did We Become A Society Suspicious Of Science?

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 12.15.2014 | Science
Keith M. Parsons

There are many factors we could cite, but to discover the biggest reason, follow the big money.

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Try To Stop Coal Industry From Swindling Sick Miners | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rolled out a plan Thursday that they said would make it harder for coal companies to cheat miners suffering from black ...

Does EPA's Proposal to Cut Biodiesel Portend Administration Caving to Big Coal?

Lindsay San Giacomo | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Lindsay San Giacomo

Is a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to cut biodiesel -- an environmentally friendly fuel that burns significantly cleaner than ...

Lynne Peeples

Big Coal's Plans For The Pacific Northwest Take A Major Hit | Lynne Peeples | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green

Doctors, tribal leaders, business owners and concerned parents are among those cheering a potentially major blow to Big Coal. On Monday, an Oregon ...

Dave Jamieson

Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

'Green News Report' - July 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big Coal baron says Obama's 'evil', attacks wildly popular new EPA emis...

Emissions Without Borders: The Problem With Greenhouse Gas

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

We can fence national boundaries with concrete and barbed wire, but unseen CO2 emissions are released into a border-less atmosphere. Right now, we are on track to triple these emissions by century's end.

Coal Rush Kids! Illinois Votes to Keep Big Coal in Schools

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While the uncritical media reported that Illinois House members "bemoan the decline of the Illinois coal industry," it's a fact that Illinois is in the throes of an unprecedented and unmatched coal mining rush in the nation.

Illinois Strip Mine Showdown Is Last Best Hope for Coalfield Justice

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Isn't it a disgrace enough that Illinois, unlike West Virginia, is greenlighting the injection of toxic and deadly coal slurry in abandoned mines, knowingly jeopardizing the watersheds of residents and farms?

Mountaintop Removal: Two Ecosexuals Fight Back Hard

Greg Archer | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Greg Archer

Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most revered American essayists and lecturers and the man at the helm of the Transcendentalist Movement of the mid-...

Crowdfunding Against Big Coal

Steve Fenberg | Posted 10.28.2013 | Denver
Steve Fenberg

New Era decided to up David's chances, using a crowdfunding platform to raise resources that will allow the grassroots organization to go head to head against Goliath, which in this case is a multi-billion dollar utility giant.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: One Of The Most Seductive Environmental Documentaries Of The Year

Greg Archer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Greg Archer

Eco patriotism gets a delicious and effective makeover in Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story. And leave it to two enterprising lesbia...

Coal Rogue State of Emergency Tonight: Illinois Farm Town Fights Second High Hazard Coal Slurry Dam

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

When Hillsboro residents gather this evening for a public hearing on a controversial permit proposal by a coal company to build a second toxic coal slurry impoundment within city limits, the stakes will go beyond the threatened health of this Illinois farm town.

Dave Jamieson

A Huge Win For Miners Who Take On Big Coal | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In a ruling that could have wide implications for coal miners, a federal judge has rebuked a coal company for trying to sue a Kentucky m...

'War On Coal' Campaign Has Failed, Coal Lobby Concedes

Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

The leading lobbying group for coal companies has acknowledged that the industry's relentless "War on Coal" mantra used to attack the Obama administra...

Should the U.S. Join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative?

Betsy M. Taylor | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Betsy M. Taylor

The US is gearing up to join a multinational movement for transparency in extractive industries, that offers bold and flexible powers for open, democratic public debate about extractive industries, in order to achieve goals of sustainable development, poverty reduction, and public accountability.

Who Speaks for Illinois on Fracking? Dr. Sandra Steingraber or Sierra Club, Compromising Environmental Groups?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Before environmental lobbyists and legislators push a hydraulic fracking bill through the Illinois legislature, they need to sit down with farmers in Clinton County and learn how well regulations defended their water, farms and cankered lives from the contamination of coal slurry.