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Coal Pollution

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

Javier Sierra | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green
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.

Big Fine In Coal-Tainted Water Settlement

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and is set to spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic ...

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

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
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

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green

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 | Green
OnEarth

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 | Green

* 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 | Green
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 | Black Voices
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 | Green
OnEarth

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 | Green
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 | Green
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.

Coal Company Claims Financial Problems Are Preventing Water Violation Payments

AP | DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 12.23.2012 | Green

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A coal company facing fines for water quality violations in eastern Kentucky says it is no longer mining coal in the state, an...

Powerful New Series Reveals the True Cost of Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
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 | Green
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 | Green

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 "...

Coal Foes Warn Of Northwest Rail Traffic Spike

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 09.11.2012 | Green

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A conservation group predicted that ambitious Asian export plans by U.S. coal mining companies could lead to a more than tenf...

Time to Clear the Air: Wind Works

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Green
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 | Green
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 | Green
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.

Coal Companies Sued Over Runoff Pollution

AP | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmentalists are suing two more coal companies over pollution from mining operations in West Virginia's Boone and Nich...

The Gift Of Good Health

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.18.2012 | Latino Voices
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 | Green
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 | Green
Javier Sierra

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