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Newt King Coal & Other Big Oil Buffoons

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

This week, the defenders of dirty energy really, really outdid themselves in their efforts to try and derail the clean energy jobs plan currently starting to wend its way through the House of Representatives.

WV House Committee Gag Order: No Stinkin' Green Jobs or Responsible Mining Debate!

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson and a handful of House Rules Committee members have just blocked a resolution for the development of a nationally acclaimed industrial wind farm.

The DC Shuffle; Saving the World From Death By Coal

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

March 2nd was historic -- a shining example of what citizens in a democracy can achieve when united in a common cause: eliminating coal-fired power plants in the US.

"Clean Coal" Merely a Marketing Ploy to Stop Climate Solutions

Brian Hardwick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian Hardwick

Why is the coal industry spending tens of millions of dollars on a marketing campaign trying to convince people they're "clean" rather than actually cleaning up their act?

Dear Obama and Gov. Manchin: Act on Coal River Crisis

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The mechanization of above-ground mountaintop removal has prevented a diverse economy and led to a decrease in coal mining jobs in some of the highest poverty stricken strip-mining areas.

Biggest Ever Civil Disobedience on Climate at Congressional Power Plant

Daniel Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel Kessler

Of all the fossil fuels, coal is the single biggest contributor to global warming; Burning it cuts short at least 24,000 lives in the U.S. annually.

Coal Waste in Rep. Nick Joe Rahall's Water

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

The coal industry doesn't want any regulation on coal waste, because it would hurt their corporate profits.

Blago's Symbolic Parting Gift to Dirty Coal: Will Obama Follow?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Impeachment notwithstanding, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill this week that will send another $18 million down the "clean coal" rabbit hole in Illinois. The delusional symbolism couldn't be more obvious.

New Media Keeping Coal Ash Spill from Drowning in the Muck (VIDEO)

Sandra Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Diaz

Volunteer organizations and individuals were largely responsible helping inject this disaster into the national media. I am hopeful we will see even more examples of this new media from the impacted residents.

Household Trash is Managed Better Than The TVA's Coal Ash

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

While your municipal government does a good job of handling your trash, the Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to protect Americans from hazardous waste. Coal ash fits the bill.

Why TVA Coal Investigation Matters: Interview with Former MSHA Investigator

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

When wildfires consume beautiful homes in California, it headlines the evening news. But when thousands of people go without water for weeks in Appalachia, it's not "newsworthy."

Ash Christmas: Yesterday's TVA Coal Disaster is Toxic Wake Up Call to Nation

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal ash contains mercury, lead, and arsenic. Nearly 800 Olympic-size swimming pools of that toxic mix are flowing into the waterways of Tennessee right now.

Dear Carol Browner: Dirty Coal Will Turn Green Recovery Gray

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The incoming Secretary of Energy will have the choice of committing billions of dollars to relaunch the shipwrecked FutureGen coal-fired plant, or allocating that amount of funding to launch a sustainable wind or solar clean jobs project in the same Illinois area.

Why Raul Grijalva Matters at Interior: Black Mesa Nightmare Redux

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

For the sake of a balanced approached to mining, indigenous rights, and environmental concerns, let's hope U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva takes the reins at the Department of the Interior.

"This Is Reality" Takes On the Clean Coal Lie

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Brewer

Big Coal has spent more than Tobacco did making us think cigarettes were ok, to make us believe the "Saudi Arabia of coal" - the United States - will lead a clean, prosperous future.

Dear Al Gore: Speak Against the Rape of Coal River Mountain

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Dismissing an overwhelming majority of West Virginian support for clean energy, Governor Manchin granted a mining permit revision for proposed mountaintop removal of Coal River Mt.

Obama Appointments: Time for a Coal-Onoscopy

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

If President-elect Obama is truly serious about affecting climate change... then we must end the appointment of coal and other extraction industry executives.

Speak Now Against Bush's Great Coal Giveaway

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After a year of record profits, coal operatives will receive nearly $2.8 billion in tax credits in the recent Wall Street bailout.

The Banality of Clean Coal: Extraction Crimes

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the 1970s, as the nation panicked, the coal industry announced a massive "clean coal" plan for coal-to-liquid gas conversion that would free us from foreign oil dependence. Sound familiar?

Grilling Clean Coal at the Republican National Convention

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

When it come to "clean coal," well-known writer Jeff Goodell put it best: "Clean coal is not an actual invention, a physical thing - it is an advert...

Wake Up, Democrats: Send Dirty Coal Packing

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In one of the creepiest displays of propaganda this week in Denver, Dirty Coal certainly thinks the Democratic convention is for sale.

McCain Would Raise Energy Bills for Ohio and all America

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

What happens when your country is 50% dependent on coal, and you foolishly adopt McCain's energy and climate plans. Your electricity rates and bills will soar, for several reasons.

Why Did Tom Friedman Misrepresent Al Gore's Challenge?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Tom Friedman distorted Al Gore's new energy challenge, which called for an energy policy based on 100 percent renewable sources, by including the role of coal. Isn't coal a nonrenewable fossil fuel?

Coal to Liquid Plan Means a Kentucky Fried Earth

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

At a time when we need to cut our emissions by at least 80 percent to curtail destructive climate change, the idea of nearly doubling global warming pollution from liquid coal ought to be tossed aside.

What's Not The Matter With Kansas: Kate Sheppard Talks To Governor Kathleen Sebelius

Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Sheppard

Governor Kathleen Sebelius has advocated for a major increase in the amount of wind power generated in Kansas, and pushed for massive reforms to the state's energy plan.