Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay-off check for nearly $1 billion is in the mail, courtesy of US taxpayers. Too bad the farmers contaminated by coal slurry in nearby Illinois never received such compensation.
Now it's Big Coal's turn to pick up the tab for the Tea Party. Under the guise of "celebrating the American coal miner," an infamous Big Coal front lobby group has bankrolled the buses, hotels and meals to bring Appalachian coal mining supporters to DC.
Chu triumphantly told his Big Coal listeners that he would "save coal" by investing billions into still infeasible, prohibitively expensive, unproven and fanciful carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
On Aug. 28, voters in West VIrginia will not only go to the Democratic primary polls to elect a new US senator, they will determine whether Congress will be chained to Big Coal lobbyists for the next generation.
A minority of Senators robbed America of comprehensive energy and climate legislation. The officials who steered this turnaround have shown us, and the world, an America woefully deficient in leadership and ingenuity.
Once again, our hearts and prayers go out to the families of coal miners--this time in western Kentucky--as reports emerge of a mine collapse at the Alliance Resource Partners' Dotiki Mine in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
JPMorgan Chase's success is based, in part, on being the largest underwriter of coal companies that engage in mountaintop removal coal mining, which has turned countless Appalachian communities into ghost towns.