One week ago, coal sludge surged into North Carolina riverways, filling the waters with deadly toxins. Yesterday, it happened again. West Virginia, which has already suffered massive water pollution at the hands of fossil fuel energy producers, witnessed the release of 100,000 gallons of coal sludge into what has become a six-mile long spill.
For 231 members of Congress, the basic idea of responsible waste management by the coal industry was too much. [...]
Is it really worth sacrificing those jobs, just so the people of Appalachia can be healthy and have clean water and land, and safe workplaces? [...]
Jackie Speier introduced an amendment to H.R. 2609 that would have saved money by taking 30 million dollars in extra government payments to oil, gas, and coal corporations. [...]
Yesterday, the House of Representatives saw the introduction of H.R. 526, a bill that if passed into law would create a moratorium on mountaintop removal coal mining until studies of the health impacts of the extreme mining method. [...]
Republicans 188 and 25 Democrats voted to cut the Botanic Garden budget. 41 Republicans and 152 Democrats voted against the cuts. Why should there be a partisan divide on an issue of gardening? [...]
Yesterday, activists from Mountain Justice and Radical Action For Mountain People’s Survival performed two acts of civil disobedience against destructive coal mining in the Appalachians.
Five people boarded an immense coal barge and chained themselves to the ship, immobilizing it for 3 hours. At about the same time, a group of protesters stood on a [...]
Who is running Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation that aims to nominate its own presidential candidate in 2012? Today, another little piece of information has leaked out.
William Busa shares the basic information that Americans Elect has neglected to disclose: the identity of the people who are co-chairs of its own presidential election’s Rules Committee:
Before the mountaintop removal, the mountain had been covered with an ecologically complex forest, after, it was just a hint of its former self, and covered in grass. [...]
Less than six months after the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster, coal executives, through Faces Of Coal, are pushing again to deregulate coal mines. [...]
Public policy on coal mining is not a religious affair, and it must not be settled through a battle of faiths. I support people who protest mountaintop coal mining, but only when the motivation and the methods of their protest are based on reason and fact. [...]