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Coal Pollution

Regardless of Fierce Opposition, Rooftop Solar Is Unstoppable

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
Javier Sierra

As the Spanish saying goes, the sun is the poor man's blanket. And thanks to technology, it's also our heating system, air conditioner, refrigerator a...

Kicking the Coal Habit Moves to the Mainstream in China

Dr. Kristen McDonald | Posted 04.21.2016 | Home
Dr. Kristen McDonald

What is one sure-fire way to reduce devastating pollution in China, decrease carbon emissions and stabilize the economy? Cool down the country's overheated coal industry.

Lynne Peeples

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

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

It Reeks of Injustice in Wasco, CA: A Latino Barrio Gets the Short End of the Pollution Stick, Again

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.12.2014 | Home
Javier Sierra

In Wasco -- in the San Joaquin Valley where tens of thousands of farm workers toil -- a local ordinance has approved the expansion of a railroad coal depot right next to an overwhelmingly Latino barrio.

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

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2014 | Home
Mary Anne Hitt

Earlier this week 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 not a scientist." For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring.

Time to Speak Up Against Carbon Pollution

Amanda Hanley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Amanda Hanley

Last Friday, over 230 citizens voiced their concerns at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listening session in Chicago about proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. I was one of them.

Kate Sheppard

This Power Plant Embodies The World Bank's Fossil Fuel Dilemma | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.11.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- A World Bank-backed coal plant in South Africa is seeking to delay the implementation of pollution controls, a request that is raising n...

China's Airpocalypse Didn't Kill Me, It Only Killed My Spirit

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

By Mary X. Dennis, OnEarthThere is a moment, as your plane makes its decent into Beijing on a particularly smoggy day, that your heart sinks. As you d...

Coal To Surpass Oil As Top Global Fuel

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

* China, India to propel coal past oil by end of decade * Muted impact from carbon policies aimed at curbing coal use *...

Will EPA Protect Our Families From Toxic Coal Water Pollution?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Home
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The Clean Water Act is one of our nation's greatest statutory achievements. But 40 years after the Act was passed, the coal industry is still polluting with impunity, thanks to a loophole that no other industry enjoys.

Moving Beyond Dirty Coal

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.11.2013 | Home
Ben Jealous

Climate change is more than an environmental issue. It is important to remember who is most affected by climate change, and specifically by coal pollution: low-income communities and communities of color.

Obama on Climate Change: Time's Up, We Need to Act

OnEarth | Posted 08.26.2013 | Home

By Jason Bittel, OnEarth Speaking at Georgetown University today, President Obama announced his second-term plan to cut the nation's carbon dioxide em...

West Virginia's Future Grim as Their Past Is Demolished

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.26.2013 | Home
Pat LaMarche

Turning from deep well mining to mountaintop removal mining or surface mining isn't just environmentally cataclysmic; it's devastating to the cultural heritage of West Virginia.

Soot Safeguards Will Keep Us Healthy, Save Millions in Health Costs

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 02.11.2013 | Home
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

On December 14, the White House is expected to release updated safeguards for soot and other fine particulate matter, requiring coal plants to cut back the amount of soot pollution they pump into our air. The regulations are modest, but would go a long way in making our communities healthier and safe.

Powerful New Series Reveals the True Cost of Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.17.2012 | Home
Mary Anne Hitt

The photos and videos in "The Cost of Coal" had a powerful effect on me. Watching kids suffer with asthma and other breathing issues triggered by air pollution, I imagined how painful it would be to see my own toddler daughter struggle to breathe.

Coal Front Group ACCCE Launches Ad Campaign Ahead of Presidential Debates

Kert Davies | Posted 12.04.2012 | Home
Kert Davies

Twenty four hours before the first debate, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a front group for the coal industry, launched a new ad as part of a $35 million dollar PR campaign. It's hardly surprising that Romney proudly announced, "I like coal!"

A Toxic Gift From Departing Congress

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 11.21.2012 | DC
Trip Van Noppen

The coal industry suffers not because of a political agenda or "war" against it, but because of marketplace competition from energy sources like natural gas and warmer winters, and because it dumps on the communities in which they operate.

List Reveals The States With Worst Power Plant Polluters

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report this week addressing toxic air pollution in the U.S. With the report, they created a "...

Time to Clear the Air: Wind Works

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Home
Javier Sierra

Polluters like Big Coal are in desperate need of this dishonest help from their allies in Congress because, as it turns out, the coal industry is hitting strong head winds.

Urgent: Tell Your Senators to Protect Public Health -- Don't Roll Back EPA's Mercury Standards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.20.2012 | Home
Mary Anne Hitt

A big Senate vote this week will determine the fate of mercury safeguards that continue to garner overwhelming support from Americans nationwide. These long overdue safeguards are poised to protect millions of Americans from dangerous air pollutants.

VIDEO: Coal Will Say Anything

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Mary Anne Hitt

The Sierra Club has just launched a new series of videos underscoring how truly ridiculous it is for the coal industry to claim coal is safe and harmless.

The Gift Of Good Health

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Javier Sierra

According to a LULAC study, almost 30 percent of Hispanics live dangerously close to a coal-fired plant.

The Foul Air Outside My Window

William Anderson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Home
William Anderson

I think it's fair to say that most of the Washington, D.C. politicians attacking clean-air safeguards don't have the same view out their front windows as the families in my small community of 300 people.

Christmas in Summer

Javier Sierra | Posted 10.05.2011 | Home
Javier Sierra

In this Christmas in the summertime, Bloomberg has planted a seed of hope that promises that Big Coal's days are numbered.

As Summer Temperatures Rise, So Does Deadly Coal Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.05.2011 | Home
Mary Anne Hitt

This summer, air pollution levels have been through the roof. The EPA is currently updating our smog standards, and we need to ensure they finalize stronger protections for our families.