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UPDATE: Massey Gone Down, Chase Relents: Protests Rock Big Coal: Beyond Blankenship, Meet Dirty Coal's Parcel o' Rogues

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

But pith and power 'till my last hour I'll make this declaration. We were bought and sold for English gold Sic a parcel of rogues in a nation. --Rober...

Green News Report -- March 9, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport Now available via Stitcher Radio's way cool iPhone app! Now available via Stitcher Radio's way cool app! Listen on your iP...

Dear Vinod Khosla and Tom Friedman: No Amount of Sequestration Will Make Coal "Clean"

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Even if a coal-fired power plant sequestered 100 percent of its carbon pollution, it would not be "clean."

GE Is on a Coal-Beautification Mission

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Here's the problem: you've got lots of coal in the ground that you want to use to generate electricity and profits. But coal has a reputation for being dirty and causing tons of pollution.

Coal Ash Stories Highlight the Problems

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bruce Nilles

This post was co-written by Lyndsay Moseley, Associate Washington Representative for the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign. This week we had the privil...

What's the Matter With Midwestern Democrats and Coal?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

What's the matter with the Democrats in the Midwest and the challenge of coal? Have they turned their backs on the great American pastoral and our de...

Using Coal Ash to Melt Ice?

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

On Thursday, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start using coal ash to melt the thick ice on the Platte River in Omaha, Nebraska, to prevent ice jams and severe flooding. However, Coal ash contains heavy metals which when ingested through the water may be life threatening.

Black Water Rafting: When Will the EPA Enforce Coal Ash Laws in Alabama?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

What is the EPA's excuse now? Waiting for more torrential rain to host Olympic Black Water rafting competitions?

The Clean Coal Con

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

"Clean coal" may be a swell marketing label, but there are many other aspects of the fuel cycle of coal which make it dirty, destructive and harmful to health and the environment.

OIRA's Time Is Up on Coal Ash Review

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rena Steinzor

Saturday will be the 120th day since the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) began its review of the Environmental Protect...

The Hidden Costs and Benefits of Things We Take for Granted: A Response to Raj Patel

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Kudos to Patel for surfacing the hidden costs of many things we take for granted, but let's make sure coal takes its rightful place at the center of that conversation.

National Day of Action Against Coal Ash

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bruce Nilles

On Thursday, Jan 28th, Sierra Club and our allies at Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, NRDC and grassroots groups across the country are ...

BREAKING: Tree-Sitters Shut Down Infamous Mountaintop Removal Operation; TVA Cops Strike Again

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Perched on 60-foot-high platforms in tulip poplar and oak trees, three nonviolent tree-sitting protestors associated with Climate Ground Zero and Moun...

Coal Ash Tests Obama's Commitment to Health and Safety Regulation

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rena Steinzor

We have amassed rock-solid evidence that when coal ash waste is collected in unlined pits in the ground, it is extraordinarily dangerous to people, livestock, and wildlife, not to mention water quality.

Irreparable Damage: Senate Must Block OSM Nominee Pizarchik Today

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Given the irreparable damage of his mining record, Pizarchik's entrenched support of the coal industry suggests that the OSM would continue its decades-old tradition of lawlessness and betrayal of coalfield residents.

EPA, USDA Encourage Farmers To Put Coal Ash On Crops That Contain Mercury And Arsenic

AP | RICK CALLAHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

INDIANAPOLIS — The federal government is encouraging farmers to spread a chalky waste from coal-fired power plants on their fields to loosen and...

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

In 2009, for the first time in more than six years, no new coal-fired power plants broke ground.

Coal Ash On 60 Minutes: Lax Coal Ash Recycling Practices "An Outrage"

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Lesley Stahl on Sunday's 60 Minutes did an in-depth look at the problems with the by-products of coal production, commonly known as coal ash. Coal ash...

Is Your Baby Crawling On Carpet Made Of Coal Ash?

Deirdre Imus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deirdre Imus

Corporations need to take economic and social responsibility for their business practices. Environmental pollution is a major health threat with enormous economic consequences.

One Year Later, TVA Coal Ash Spill Problems Still Far From Over

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A year ago, a massive coal ash spill took place in Tennessee. About 5.4 million cubic yards of ash ended up in a river and covering the private proper...

Coal's Ash Is on the Line

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

Nearly a hundred million tons of toxic coal ash and related coal combustion wastes pile up in unlined ponds and pits across the U.S. every year, the second largest solid waste stream in the nation.

Coal Slurry Smiles: NY Times Nails Clean Water Act Crimes and Punishment

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Duhigg's portrait of the Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia--and the indifference of state agencies--blew the cover on one of the worst kept secrets in Appalachia.

Breaking: Suit Cites Chronic Pizarchik Failure: Millions Call for OSM Nominee Withdraw

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Pizarchik's hearing on Tuesday will be a litmus test of the Obama administration's--and the US Senate's--commitment to appointing and confirming agency directors who believe in science and law in our nation's coalfields.

Federal Survey Finds Coal Ash Sites In 35 States

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — (AP) The toxic leftovers from burning coal for power are sitting in nearly 600 sites in 35 states, according to a federal survey re...

Green News Report - September 1, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Fires rage across California as Hurricane Jimena bears down on Baja; Lights out for incandescent lightbulbs; The Summer of...