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Alpha fights to block health studies from permit lawsuit By Ken Ward Jr.

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 … Continue reading

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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.   … Continue reading

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When will big defenders of coal miners jobs start defending health and safety?

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 … Continue reading

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Breaking news: UMWA report urges government to hold Massey management responsible for deaths of 29 miners at Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

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Reinventing fire: Amory Lovins on coal’s costs – From Coal Tattoo, October 14, 2011 by Ken Ward Jr.

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 … Continue reading

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Mountaineer football, coal and symbols by Ken Ward, JR. on Coal Tattoo

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, … Continue reading

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Review of ‘The Last Mountain’ June 9, 2011 by Ken Ward Jr.

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 … Continue reading

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