CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawyers for Alpha Natural Resources are trying to keep testimony about West Virginia University studies linking mountaintop removal to birth defects and cancer among coalfield residents out of a legal challenge to one of the company’s new mining permits. Alpha lawyers want U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers to deny a request … Read more
International Energy Agency warns: Delaying action on climate change ‘is a false economy’- from Coal Tattoo by Ken Ward, Jr.
Delaying action is a false economy: for every $1 of investment in cleaner technology that is avoided in the power sector before 2020, an additional $4.30 would need to be spent after 2020 to compensate for the increased emissions. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT COAL TATTOO
We continue to hear an awful lot about the Obama administration’s supposed “war on coal,” with op-eds coming out now and again by various local business boosters, repeating the same rhetoric over and over. What I keep wondering is when are any of these big defenders of coal miners going to start defending coal miners’ … Read more
Folks who follow the work of Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins certainly are well aware that he’s got a new book out. Called “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era,” the volume is being promoted as a blueprint to the new energy era: Business can become more competitive, profitable and resilient … Read more
When last we left my beloved West Virginia Mountaineers, the football program was forced to alter some special Nike uniform graphics to get rid of what apparently was meant to be images of mountaintop removal mining (See previous posts here, here, here and here). Now, as our state gears up for Sunday’s big WVU-Marshall game, … Read more
If I had a dollar for every time my phone rings and the person on the other line is an author or a filmmaker or an out-of-town journalist who has discovered the mountaintop removal story and is sure they have found something new about it … well, if I had that cash, you all wouldn’t … Read more