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So Many Reasons To March This Saturday 26.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency falls this Saturday (an occasion we’ll be marking with a giant march of resistance ), but pundits already are labeling him as a do-nothing failure. Given that his party also controls Congress, it’s actually surprising how many of the goals Trump set during his campaign he has failed to achieve. Unfortunately, there’s one glaring exception. Trump and his administration have (with a lot of help from Congress) been relentless, ruthless, and shameless in attacking protections from pollution, exposing us to health threats, retreating from climate action, and renouncing science. Although many of these attacks can still be defeated, their scope is unprecedented. Let’s start with public lands and wildlife. That Trump would be different from any previous president was obvious on Day 1, when he picked a fight with the National Park Service over the attendance at his inauguration. From there, things just got worse: For Secretary of the Interior, Trump chose Montana’s Ryan ...
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Coal Miners' Futures in Renewable Energy 26.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Most experts agree, despite Trump's promises, that coal-mining jobs are not coming back. Berkeley Energy Group this month announced plans to put coal miners back to work by building the largest solar project in Appalachia on top of a closed mountaintop strip mine near the town of Pikeville.  Workers instal solar panelsin upstate New York, April 7, 2016. (Photo: Stephen Yang / The Solutions Project ) Zero, zip, zilch. That's how many ads we run on this site. Help keep it that way: Make a tax-deductible donation to support the free and independent journalism at Truthout. If President Trump wants to earn a rare legislative victory and take political credit for reviving hard-hit regions of rural America, he should take a close look at how one Kentucky coal company is creating jobs. Berkeley Energy Group this month  announced plans  to put coal miners back to work by building the largest solar project in Appalachia on top of a closed mountaintop strip mine near the town of Pikeville. The Eastern Kentucky coal ...
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Supports Paris Climate Agreement, But Wants To Tweak It 26.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK ― Energy Secretary Rick Perry supports remaining in the Paris climate agreement, but wants the United States to renegotiate its terms, he said Tuesday. That puts him on one side of a schism forming within President Donald Trump’s  White House over how to handle the historic 195-country deal to slash emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson , first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior adviser Jared Kushner , support remaining in the agreement; chief strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt ― two of the more radical, far-right voices in the White House ― want Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to exit the agreement. Perry, in a Tuesday morning speech at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference, tempered his view. He touted decreasing emissions last year in the U.S. and China ― the world’s top polluters ― and criticized European countries, such as Germany, for not doing enough to shrink their own ...
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UK marks first coal-free day since Industrial Revolution 25.4.2017 TreeHugger
The first country ever to use coal for electricity is now phasing it out.
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Britain Is About To Go A Full Day Without Coal For The First Time Since 1882 22.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― In 1952, London’s coal-fired factories and power plants spewed out so much pollution, a dense, acrid smog settled over the British capital, killing as many as 4,000 people . Sixty-five years later, the United Kingdom is poised to complete its first full day without burning any coal to generate electricity, according to National Grid, the utility that operates the British power grid. The last coal-fired plant stopped running at 11 p.m. local time the day before, making Friday the country’s first day without coal since 1882. Great Britain has never had a continuous 24 hour period without #coal . Today is looking like it could be the first. — NG Control Room (@NGControlRoom) April 21, 2017 The U.K. switches on coal-fired plants only when cleaner power stations can’t meet electricity demand. Over the last few days, coal has made up a sliver of Britain’s energy mix, according to data from Drax, the country’s biggest power station operator.    Coal use historically plummets in the spring as warmer ...
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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far. 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump gave many signals on the campaign trail that his presidency would be a disaster for the environment. He called global warming a “hoax” and “bullshit,”  vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, and undo regulations to revive the fossil fuel industry.   Almost 100 days into Trump’s tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed — and then some. Before he’d even been sworn in, Trump nominated several climate deniers chummy with the fossil fuel industry to his cabinet, including former Texas Gov.  Rick Perry  as the head of the Department of Energy and Oklahoma Attorney General  Scott Pruitt  to head the Environmental Protection Agency ― a man who had sued the agency 14 times over industry regulations. Pruitt recently claimed, in contradiction to overwhelming scientific consensus, that human activity ― i.e. the burning of fossil fuels ― is not definitively the primary contributor to climate change.  On the day Trump took ...
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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Continues Dirty Energy Tour 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The man in charge of protecting human health and the environment traveled to one of America’s oldest coal-fired power plants on Thursday, continuing what is shaping up to be a dirty energy tour. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s visit to the Thomas Hill Energy Center , in Clifton Hill, Missouri, comes one week after he traveled to a Pennsylvania coal mine  to formally launch the EPA’s “ Back-to-Basics agenda .” It also comes a day after the American Lung Association released its annual air quality report , which found nearly 4 in 10 Americans are breathing dangerous levels of pollution and warned the Trump administration that sidelining efforts to curb emissions would jeopardize public health. Pruitt echoed the message he delivered on April 13 at Pennsylvania’s Harvey Mine. “ The war on coal is over ; the war on fossil fuels is over,” he told workers at the 1,153-megawatt facility in Missouri, according to the Moberly Monitor-Index.  “Last week, I went underground in a ...
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Leaked Documents Reveal Trump Administration Prepping to Ramp up Drilling, Mining, Grazing on Public Land 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administrators have drafted a " Priority Work List " that reveals BLM's focus on oil, gas and coal development on federal land as well as the security of the U.S.-Mexico border.  E&E News  obtained the internal documents, which had not yet been shared with BLM staff.  The list was "assembled by the team at the BLM to clearly lay out our continued commitment to ensure opportunities for commercial, recreation and conservation activities on BLM-managed lands," BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall told E&E News.  In the first of five subsections, "Making America Safe through Energy Independence," the following are identified as key components of "BLM Priority Work":   Make additional lands available for "all of the above" energy development Address backlog of Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) and Expressions of Interest (EOIs) Streamline Federal coal leasing and permitting, and address backlog Streamline oil and gas leasing and permitting Streamline rights-of-way processing ...
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A Coal Museum In Kentucky Went Solar This Month. The Backstory Is Even Better. 20.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Carl Shoupe spent his best years in the mines of Harlan County, Kentucky. Harlan County is a once-vibrant coal mecca nestled against the Virginia border in the state’s southeast corner. Shoupe joined labor fights there in the early 1970s, when union miners battled coal executives and their political patrons for better pay and protections in a struggle enshrined in Barbara Kopple’s 1976 documentary “Harlan County, U.S.A.” Shoupe looks back fondly on the industry’s heydays, when the money flowed steadily into Benham, the 500-person town where he has lived for the past 30 years, and it qualified as a “Cadillac coal town.”  By 2006, years after he’d retired, the industry had changed  dramatically. Hardhat-clad men toiling underground had given way to a new method of mining. Unable to cheaply mine Harlan County’s exhausted seams, coal companies took to blowing the tops off mountains with explosives, leaving patches of barren, craggy wasteland amid a once ...
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Trump And Pruitt Attack EPA Clean Water Standard 18.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you like to swim, fish, or drink water, listen up. The Trump administration is coming for your clean water. Just a few days ago, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a first step toward trying to roll back standards for our biggest source of toxic water pollution : coal-fired power plants. This is the latest installment in EPA administrator and fossil fuel BFF Scott Pruitt’s “Back to Pollution” agenda, and it might be coming to the tap water near you. As our friend Pete Harrison at Waterkeeper Alliance put it, “This rollback gives a blank check to the power companies, and it directly threatens drinking water supplies across the country.” Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of toxic water pollution, as they discharge very nasty and dangerous chemicals like lead, arsenic, and cadmium that are linked to a host of serious health problems. But the federal standards for that pollution were almost nonexistent and 30 years out of date, thanks to the political clout of the coal ...
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Environment Or Economy Is A Nonsensical Question 14.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our belief systems are one of the most powerful forces in existence. As history has shown this is true whether or not those beliefs are accurate. Inaccurate but firmly held beliefs fuel racism, sexism, Nazism and genocide. One of the most dangerous, self-destructive beliefs alive and well in America and beyond is that protecting the environment damages the economy. Environmental regulations are said to cost too much, slow economic growth, hurt businesses, cost jobs and give other less-environmentally sound countries a competitive advantage. The belief that environmental protections harm our economy is at the heart of the Trump Administration’s economic growth approach. Trump’s team is rolling back environmental protections from slashing clean air and water programs to allowing dumping of coal mining waste into rivers to loosening the environmental and human health regulations related to fracking. Their reasoning is that these types of environmental protections are harming the U.S. economy. That reasoning ...
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Scott Pruitt Heads To Coal Mine To Pitch New EPA Agenda 14.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SYCAMORE, Pennsylvania — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency chose a Pennsylvania coal mine with a history of violating environmental laws as his venue for unveiling a new plan to refocus his agency in a way that he says will both protect the planet and promote economic growth.   Ignoring the fact that the U.S. coal industry’s troubles are primarily the result of market forces , Scott Pruitt offered roughly 75 miners at the Harvey Mine this hopeful message: The “regulatory assault” on coal is over. It was here in Appalachian coal country, at North America’s  largest producing underground coal complex , that Pruitt formally launched the EPA’s “ Back-To-Basics agenda .” But instead of sharing details about that plan, he commiserated with those in the room. What happened to coal under former President Barack Obama , Pruitt said in a four-minute address, is “really sad.” Pruitt, a  climate change denier and longtime ally of the fossil fuel industry, claimed that coal, oil and gas companies are ...
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Can Germany's map for all-electric cars drive up emissions? 12.4.2017 GreenBiz.com
Unless we up renewables, what sounds like an environmentalist's dream actually can spike greenhouse gasses.
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New England Cod Fishermen Share Coal Miners’ Plight In This New Documentary 12.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For 25 years, Sam Sanfilippo hauled nets full of cod from the waters off New England’s coast. Like generations before him, he fished the Gulf of Maine, which stretches south from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts’ scenic eastern tip, an inlet once teeming with so many fish that European settlers named it Cape Cod. But since 2014, when federal regulators cut the cod quota by about 95 percent, fishing jobs have disappeared. “Here I am today, a recycler, a bike seller, a furniture maker. I’m 50 years old and I don’t know what the hell I am,” Sanfilippo says in “Sacred Cod,” a new hour-long documentary slated to air Thursday on Discovery Channel. “I’m tired of dealing with Coast Guards, fish dealers, state police, environmental police,” he adds. “Everywhere you turn, you’re dealing with some sort of law enforcement agency and I don’t want to deal with it. I just want to make a living, an honest living.” The film chronicles the three-year fight between fishermen and federal officials determined to protect the cod ...
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How the Democrats Lost West Virginia and the Coal Miners To Trump 7.4.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Les Leopold

“C’mon, fellas. You know what this is? You know what this says? You’re going back to work.” ― Donald Trump on signing an executive order to reverse the Obama Administration’s rules on coal, March 28, 2017.

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Even A Museum Dedicated To Coal Is Powering Itself On Renewable Energy 7.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Of all buildings to run on renewable energy, a museum dedicated to coal wouldn’t immediately come to mind. But the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham is installing solar panels on its roof to cut energy costs, reports local CBS news station WYMT . The building is owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The move has been described as “a little ironic” by the college’s communications director, Brandon Robinson, and by former state Rep. Roger Noe. The Associated Press wondered if it was merely “a sign of our times.” Robinson told WYMT that the college expects to save $8,000 to $10,000 a year on energy costs. According to a town website, Benham, in Harlan County, Kentucky, describes itself as “the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built!” A former coal camp town, Benham once had a population of 3,000, according to the Associated Press , and now has about 500 residents. The museum is dedicated to “the life of a coal miner and his family as they ...
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Bureau Of Land Management Changes Website Photo To Big Hunk Of Coal 7.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Close your eyes and picture “public lands” in the United States. What image comes to mind? Majestic mountain views? Pristine forests? How about a big ol’ lump of coal? That last one is apparently the image that the folks over at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management want to project, based on a change made to  their website  sometime in the past 24 hours. According to records from the Wayback Machine — an online archive that caches screenshots of websites at particular moments in time — on April 5, the site instead featured a large banner showing two backpack-wearing boys gazing out over a scenic rolling hills. But by Wednesday, the long expanse of coal had taken its place. Hovering over the image reveals a caption that identifies the picture as a “large coal seam at the Peabody North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming.” A coal seam is a bed of coal, typically referring to one that can be mined. The Bureau of Land Management , an agency within the interior department, is responsible for managing public lands ...
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European power companies: No new coal after 2020 7.4.2017 TreeHugger
It seems that reports of the death of coal have not been exaggerated.
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How The Democrats Lost West Virginia And The Coal Miners To Trump 6.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“C’mon, fellas. You know what this is? You know what this says? You’re going back to work.” ― Donald Trump on signing an executive order to reverse the Obama Administration’s rules on coal, March 28, 2017. Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964 buried Barry Goldwater in West Virginia, 67.9 percent to 32.1 percent. By 2016, Trump completely reversed that landslide by defeating Hillary Clinton 67.9 percent to 26.2 percent. What happened to turn such a deep blue state into flaming red? The Democratic Party establishment has a simple explanation: West Virginians are so hung up on cultural issues like guns, gays, abortion and their mythical self-image as “coal country” that they vote against their own material interests. They seem impervious to the fact that they are major beneficiaries of Obamacare and Medicaid. They don’t seem to notice that health care jobs far exceed coal-related jobs which have been decimated by new technologies, and market competition from natural gas and renewables. As New York Times columnist ...
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The 3 business risks of using fossil fuels 6.4.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Smart companies are betting on clean energy to power their growth. These factors are powerful motivators.
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