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US To Use Climate Change Fund To Build New Coal Plants (VIDEO)

US To Use Climate Change Fund To Build New Coal Plants (VIDEO)

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the U.S. will seek to use money intended for climate change adaptation to promote the construction of new coal plants. The plan, according to an anonymous official inside the Trump administration, is to use the Green Climate Fund to facilitate the construction of new coal plants abroad. The […]

Ohio Bill Forces Citizens To Prop Up Dirty Coal Power Plants (VIDEO)

Ohio Bill Forces Citizens To Prop Up Dirty Coal Power Plants (VIDEO)

Even as advances in renewable energy continue to make it cheaper and more competitive, and coal continues its long 30-year decline, Ohio lawmakers are proposing legislation that would subsidize two coal-fired power plants – forever. Ohioans already pay higher electricity rates than residents of 33 other states. But if Ohio’s House Bill 239 is approved, […]

This Was America Before The EPA – We Can’t Go Back (IMAGES/VIDEO)

This Was America Before The EPA – We Can’t Go Back (IMAGES/VIDEO)

In the 1960s, America was a dirtier, uglier place than it is today. Illegal dumping was widespread. Sewage often mingled with river water that upstream communities swam in or drank from. And smokestacks stood directly alongside residential developments. Two catalysts would bring about lasting change and inspire the Environmental Protection Agency. One was Rachel Carson’s […]

Wyoming Republicans Move To Outlaw Large-Scale Clean Energy Production (VIDEO)

Wyoming Republicans Move To Outlaw Large-Scale Clean Energy Production (VIDEO)

While many cities and states across the country struggle to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas production, Wyoming’s Republican legislature is working to prevent the expansion of clean energy and doubling down on coal-powered energy production. A new bill in the Wyoming legislature could limit electrical companies from taking full advantage of the state’s many […]

Irate Coal Mining Self-Proclaimed ‘Hillbilly’ Goes Off On Trump: ‘Ain’t No Immigrant Ever Stole No Coal Job’

Irate Coal Mining Self-Proclaimed ‘Hillbilly’ Goes Off On Trump: ‘Ain’t No Immigrant Ever Stole No Coal Job’

Recently, the Young Turks interviewed a young white millennial raised in the heart of America’s coal country, and what he had to say is straight out of the Republican Party’s worst nightmare. Nic Smith describes himself as a “white trash hillbilly from the holler.” He’s a non-college educated white voter who works at Waffle House. Smith […]

Lying Mitch McConnell FINALLY Admits Ending ‘War On Coal’ Won’t Create Jobs

Lying Mitch McConnell FINALLY Admits Ending ‘War On Coal’ Won’t Create Jobs

To hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tell it, there’s a “war on coal” in the United States. He’s been saying for years that excessive regulations on the industry are killing jobs in his home state of Kentucky. So why exactly is he now admitting that removing those regulations won’t actually bring back any jobs? […]

The Progressive Nomad: These Photos Show That This City Is An Environmental Nightmare (Video)

The Progressive Nomad: These Photos Show That This City Is An Environmental Nightmare (Video)

After spending the night watching the Perseid Meteor Shower my photographer, Michael, and I decided to explore West Virginia a bit before heading back to the NC mountains. Driving through the surrounding towns of Charleston, WV is not only a severe environmental nightmare but politically these cities make zero sense. One of the first examples of […]

Coal Baron Sentenced For Deaths Of 29 Miners–You Will Not Believe How Long He Got

Coal Baron Sentenced For Deaths Of 29 Miners–You Will Not Believe How Long He Got

Don Blankenship, in case you aren’t familiar with him is sometimes call the “coal king.” As President and CEO of Massey Energy, his negligence led to the deaths of 29 coal miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010. Blankenship was found guilty of conspiracy to violate safety and health standards, which is a misdemeanor. And […]

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Indicted For Role In 2010 Coal Mine Disaster

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Indicted For Role In 2010 Coal Mine Disaster

Back in April 2010, an underground explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia killed 29 miners in the worst mining disaster to take place in this country since 1970. Late Thursday, the former owner of the mine was indicted on federal charges that he not only flagrantly disregarded mine safety standards, […]

GOP Congressman Mike Kelly: New EPA Rules On Power Plant Emissions Amount To “Terrorism”

GOP Congressman Mike Kelly: New EPA Rules On Power Plant Emissions Amount To “Terrorism”

It should surprise no one that Republican lawmakers are pitching a fit over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules on power plant emissions. After all, whenever the EPA actually tries to do its job, Republican heads explode. But last night, one Republican congressman went way off the deep end. He claimed that by pushing these […]

After Decades, EPA Finally Concedes to Regulate Coal Ash

After Decades, EPA Finally Concedes to Regulate Coal Ash

After an abysmal track record of leaning toward the preferences of coal and power companies the EPA has finally agreed to regulate the disposal of coal ash, a highly toxic substance loaded with heavy metals and other harmful substances that can befoul and poison the water supply. The decision comes in the form of a […]

W. Va. Coal Miner Warns Water Unsafe For Decades

W. Va. Coal Miner Warns Water Unsafe For Decades

In the shadow of national outcry about West Virginia water poisoned with coal processing chemicals, a former West Virginia coal miner named Joe Stanley is warning that the water has been polluted and likely unsafe to drink for decades. It’s another reminder that the coal- and gas-heavy business-as-usual approach to energy production endangers our nation’s […]

Poland Brings A Guest To U.N. Climate Conference: The Coal Industry

Poland Brings A Guest To U.N. Climate Conference: The Coal Industry

Poland, a country that relies heavily on coal for both their primary energy source and a stability factor for their, already high, unemployment rate, plans on including the coal industry in this year’s two week climate change event in Warsaw. ?Though Poland understands the need to move into more sustainable energy sources, claims that the […]