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Embarrassing report on how coal power plants pollute more in black and poor communities than in white, middle-class areas. The Fourcorners Power Plant in New Mexico, for example, is located in one of the poorest communities in the United States - the average income is just over $6,000 per year. Over 66% that live near the plant are Native Americans. And nearly 20% of the people that live near the plant have a various forms of lung disease.

This report exposes environmental injustices in the U.S. Not only are these polluting plants allowed, politicians defend them from being regulated by fighting for pollution loop-holes, light penalties, and weak permitting.

The NAACP’s powerful report is well worth your time.

Calling the uncertain future of Central Appalachian coal mining the “elephant in the room,” industry consultant Alan Stagg said he expects mining in the high-cost region to cease in the next 10 to 20 years.
By proposing to end a century of federal control over oil and gas drilling and coal mining on government lands, Mitt Romney is making a bid for anti-Washington voters in key Western states while dangling the promise of a big reward to major campaign supporters from the energy industry.

Romney Would Give Reins to States on Drilling on Federal Lands (via theamericanbear)

The right has been trying to give away public lands since the 1970s. They’re winning.

(via theamericanbear)

Attacks Romney for NOT being pro-coal. Not a typo. Have a listen

Via Revkin

India’s epic power outage July 31 left 670 million people - half the country - with out power (the U.S. has about 310 million people, total). Who or what is to blame? Outdated infrastructure, incompetence, fuel shortage, corruption? India’s Minister of Power blames individual states for taking too much energy from the grid.

Now reading. Just in time as India recovers from a electricity blackout that left 670 million people with out power. The cause was first blamed on a shortage of coal, but now it is clear that incompetence, and perhaps corruption, caused the blackout.


Power is restored in India after a massive blackout left 670 million people in the dark.

Want to know how something like that could have happened? Our current issue features this essay on India and its “centralized, secretive, and arbitrary political culture” that is holding the country back.

New Delhi has gone out of its way to make life better for big businesses, granting them access to easy credit, dedicated power plants, and protection against currency fluctuations. That is a problem because India’s big-business sectors, such as mining, land development, and infrastructure, are its most corrupt.

The full article is available free to non-subscribers for a limited time only.

Republicans are sending a message that profits for their wealthy campaign contributors are more important than the lungs and lives of America’s coal miners. It’s clear that voices wealthier than coal miner families drowned out that message.

- Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), on House Republicans moving “to block a planned Department of Labor regulation that aims to protect coal miners from the dust that causes black lung disease.” (via campaignmoney)


The video shows the oddly chosen yet strategically significant Svalbard, Norway, which is located in the Arctic circle. Many strange things continue to happen here.

It’s one of the world’s major climate research sites, where scientists measure the impacts from climate changes. The bizarre Svalbard Global Seed vault is also located here.

Oddly, from about 1944 to the mid-60s, millions and millions of tons of pollutive coal continuously burned in open pits - the military left the island during the end of WW-II and forgot to put the fires out. Even stranger is that a handful of German troops were the last soldiers to surrender WW-II, four months after the war had ended.

Svalbard has a truly strange history. The ice has been melting across the islands as well as across the North Pole. This opened up new and fabled shipping routes and has governments scrambling to chop up the newly exposed lands for natural resources, such as coal, gold, and diamonds.

After Russia planted a flag on the sea floor to claim land in the North Pole for mining natural resources, America, Russia, Canada, and Denmark increased their military presence in the north.

Watch the above video to see and hear why this place is so special to humanity.

Breaking: About an hour ago, police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters in Madrid, Spain. They are protesting cuts to coal subsidies and increases to energy taxes.

Twitter #marchaminera is blowing up. Pictures of bloody protesters, hereFrom RT:

Protesters disagree with a 63 per cent cut in subsidies to coal mining companies, major contributors to the Spanish energy market. Unions say the plan threatens 30,000 jobs and could destroy their livelihoods.

Miners, who were hiking from the north of the country for the past two weeks, have been joined by tens of thousands of Spaniards also protesting against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s tax hike.”


July 11, 2012

As had been reported by those on the scene, Madrid police issued no warning before attacking protesters.

(via scinerds)

Mitt Romney threatening to close a coal plant in Massachusetts. Claimed it was “killing people.”


Mitt Romney attacking the Salem coal plant in 2004 .(2003). This is kind of an amazing video. In my econ classes, the Salem coal plant (still going, btw.) was the persistent example of the type of out-dated, and inefficient technology that would be the first to go under a cap & trade policy to limit greenhouse gas emissions. New rules making their way through the EPA process will (probably) finally shut-down that plant (though, interestingly, not the greenhouse gas rules, since those will only apply to new power plants).

(hat tip: climate progress)


An Afghan miner unloads coal from his donkeys outside a coal mine in Samangan province, north of Kabul on April 3, 2012.

[Credit : Qais Usyan / AFP / Getty Images]

These are some examples of the obscene subsidies that the oil, gas and coal industries reap from the government every year. With the enormous sums these industries spend on lobbying and campaign contributions – made worse by the unlimited corporate campaign spending ushered in by Citizens United – passing a bill like ours will not be easy.
 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)  on efforts to end oil subsidies.
(via campaignmoney)

"On Craigslist, Coal Lobby Offers $50 To Wear Pro-Coal T-Shirts At Regulatory Meeting."

Update: This is starting to sound fake to me. Anyone have evidence that the craigslist ad is legit?