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Coal Mines

Mining Companies Have Always Been Allowed To Choose Profit Over Safety

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business

It's not often that the head of a mining company sees jail time over safety violations. Former Massey Energy Company CEO Don Blankenship's one-year se...

The Knox Coal Mine Disaster: A Story of Corruption and Greed

Carol A Miele | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Carol A Miele

Like the song made famous by country music legend, Loretta Lynn, I was a Coal Miner's Daughter. My Dad, Angelo Bruno, worked in the deep, dark, damp coal mines of Northeastern Pennsylvania from the time he was 15 years old.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Matt Sheehan

From Coal To Communist Memories: Chinese Town Turns To Red Tourism | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

ZHAOJIN, China -- Coal has been the fuel and the scourge of China's economic miracle. Plentiful and relatively cheap, the black rock has driven China'...

More Road Blockades of Peabody Coal's Dead End: Judy's Rock Film Chronicles Strip Mine Showdown in Southern Illinois (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While Peabody Energy may have hired a notorious public relations firm to hawk its international ad campaign, a village trustee and her rural farming community have exposed the devastating legacy of the world's largest coal company near its historic Illinois beginnings.

My Family Is Blue Collar

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Fred Rotondaro

Pop worked in the mines and died of black lung at age 74. He would have been amazed and angry at the fact that blue collar workers are likely to vote Republican. I can hear Pop now: "Don't they know how they're being conned?"

RFK, Jr. Says Massey Coal 'Offensive To The Public Interest'

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

Should a corporation with a track record of frequent legal violations be allowed to operate? Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Free Speech For People say no....

How Many More Must Die?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Here in the United States, you can get more jail time for harassing a burro on federal land than for killing a worker through workplace negligence. We must do more to ensure worker safety.

On Climate, Energy, Oil Rigs: First, Do No Harm

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

United States action on global warming is long overdue. But energy industry lobbyists and their Senate allies have thwarted the best efforts of three ...

Man Dies At Pocahontas Coal Mine Listed By Congressman

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Mountaintop Removal: Reclamation Fail

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Mountaintop removal has yielded little economic development on reclaimed mine lands in Appalachia, despite the abundance of landscapes available for post-mining economic activity.

Former Coal Mines Turned Into Beekeeping Havens

Planet Green | Jaymi Heimbuch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

By federal law, coal companies have to restore the land they used back to an as-good-or-better condition than it was in when they started mining. Howe...