Coal miners are uniting with citizens and environmental groups with an unequivocal message to the world: End mountaintop removal now, and launch a just transition for clean energy jobs in the coalfields.
While Obama addresses the Congress in his State of the Union tonight, our nation will sit back and burn an estimated 115,000 tons of coal. Close to 250,000 tons of CO2 will be released from coal-fired plants during the hourlong presentation.
Before we all start investing in houseboat stocks and declaring the planet permanently doomed, I think it's important to remember a few key facts about where we are and that, as a movement, we still have immense power.
The EPA is taking unprecedented action to bring to an end the saga of the infamous Spruce Mine, jamming a stake in the heart of what would have been the largest mountaintop removal project in the history of West Virginia.
The future of coal and indeed of our total energy picture lies in change and innovation. In fact, the future of American industrial power and our economic ability to compete globally depends on our ability to advance energy technology.
The scandalous University of Kentucky Trustees may have voted to approve rebuilding and renaming the beloved Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge as the Wildcat Coal Lodge, but the public relations nightmare has just begun.