It was a historic evening in Harrisburg, Illinois and for the first time in decades, southern Illinois residents brought the spotlight to issues of civil rights and the state's spiraling crisis from a poorly regulated coal mining rush.
The United Mine Workers is suing Peabody and Arch, saying they can't walk away from their obligations. But this isn't the first time coal companies have figured out a way to avoid social responsibility.
Oil and coal are not about to let clean energy get to market without a fight. And Congress is so used to thinking of energy policy in terms of which regions produce which fuels that they are getting a hearing.
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.