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Small Wages, Huge Pollution: New Report Exposes Walmart's Coal-Saturated Climate Destruction 21.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Former Coal CEO Don Blankenship Pleads Not Guilty In Deadly Mine Accident 21.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal company chief executive Don Blankenship has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine accident in four decades.

Blankenship entered the not guilty plea Thursday and has been released on $5 million bond. It was his first appearance in federal court since he was indicted last week. Blankenship is accused of conspiring to violate safety and health standards at the Upper Big Branch mine. In April 2010, an explosion at the mine killed 29 men.

The 64-year-old Blankenship faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted.

Four investigations found worn and broken cutting equipment created a spark that ignited coal dust and methane gas. Blankenship has said natural gas was at the root of the explosion.
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Walmart's Dependency on Coal Responsible for 8 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution 20.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
In seeking to boost fossil fuel production, the GOP leadership is already mapping out plans to fight on several fronts in addition to Keystone XL. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Sparkly Kate, erix! )Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration. None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of ...
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A New Congress, Fossil-Fueled Republicanism, and Planetary Disaster 18.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration. None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of Americans. It's already clear that the new Republican leadership in the Senate will make construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, intended to carry heavy oil (or "tar sands") from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the ...
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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Pop the Champagne corks in Washington!  It’s party time for Big Energy.  In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm.  They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push its agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration.  None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of Americans. It’s already clear that the new Republican leadership in the Senate will make construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, intended to carry heavy oil (or “tar sands”) ...
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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism 18.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Pop the Champagne corks in Washington!  It’s party time for Big Energy.  In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm.  They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push its agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration.  None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of Americans. It’s already clear that the new Republican leadership in the Senate will make construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, intended to carry heavy oil (or “tar sands”) ...
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Cause Of Deadly Chemical Leak At La Porte, Texas DuPont Plant Still Unknown 17.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — DuPont officials said Sunday it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. Company spokesman Aaron Woods said DuPont is investigating the cause of the leak of methyl mercaptan at a plant in La Porte. The chemical is used to create crop-protection products such as insecticides and fungicides. The workers were exposed early Saturday while responding to the leak that started around 4 a.m. and took about two hours to contain. They all were working there as part of their normal shift when the leak happened, Woods said. The four workers died at the plant and a fifth was transported to a nearby hospital. The injured worker has been released from the hospital. Woods said company officials are cooperating with local, state and federal authorities in the investigation. A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency that investigates industrial chemical accidents, ...
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Context, Conflict and Historical Consciousness: Pondering the Meaning of Ukraine 16.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Overture What if we wrote about the United States but forgot to mention that slavery was once standard operating procedure? Or about England with no mention or consideration for Charles’ losing his head at a certain point in time? Or about France with neither admissions concerning nor interest in Napoleon? Or, even more pertinently, about Germany with a blithe unconcern for Hitler’s having once been Chancellor and more? One would imagine that such horrendous contextual gaffes, such hideous historical blindness, might elicit a critique sooner or later. And yet precisely such obtuseness or willful ignorance or hidden agendas govern almost all of the corporate mediation that comes from the United States, England, France, and Germany regarding today’s evolution of Ukrainian crises that could completely eviscerate civilization or even humanity itself. This article first and foremost offers a corrective to such decontextualized, ahistorical emptiness. These initial remarks give some concrete examples of what ...
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The Power Politics Behind China's Climate Pledge 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BEIJING –- President Barack Obama had barely finished shaking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s hand to seal this week’s landmark climate agreement before the predictable responses poured in from Washington. Congressional Republican leaders called the agreement “ job-crushing ” and part of the president’s “war on coal” that was “creating havoc” around the U.S. When Xi stepped from the rostrum, he faced no obstinate opposition party and virtually no public criticism of the agreement. That silence presents the image of a bureaucracy prepared to fall in line and spring into action, but “nothing could be further from the truth,” according to David Lampton, director of China studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and author of a recent book on Chinese political leadership. “The coal industry accounts for 60-plus percent of China's energy, and entire provinces, cities, industries, and bureaucracies are economically dependent on this dirty energy source,” Lampton told The WorldPost in an ...
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Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health, Against Coal 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a huge victory for local communities, public health, and the rule of law, yet another enormous proposed coal plant has been denied clearance in India. In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected the environmental clearance (EC) for the 3,600-megawatt IL&FS coal-fired power plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The judges upheld an appeal from local villagers determined to halt the project over concerns about water and air pollution in an already critically polluted area. These are the same concerns that were hastily ignored by the project's backers -- who, rather than conducting a thorough Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), haphazardly slapped one together in a mere two weeks. Luckily for these villagers, the Indian court system is robust. The information provided by the project's backers was almost totally absent, including a lack of any baseline data, a limited scope for the study area -- where at least 45 industrial projects are already contributing to a ...
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'Poster Boy for Malevolent Big Business' Indicted Over Fatal Coal Mine Disaster 15.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Don Blankenship, Former Massey Energy CEO, Indicted Over 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," is facing decades in federal prison in connection with the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO Thursday on numerous counts of conspiracy, making him the highest-ranking executive charged in the April 2010 underground explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. The 43-page indictment said Blankenship "knew that UBB was committing hundreds of safety-law violations every year and that he had the ability to prevent most of the violations that UBB was committing. Yet he fostered and participated in an understanding that perpetuated UBB's practice of routine safety violations, in order to produce more coal, avoid the costs of following safety laws, and make more money." His attorney, William W. Taylor III, said in a statement that Blankenship "is entirely innocent of these charges. He will ...
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It Doesn't Pay to Be a Fossil-Fuel Democrat on Election Day 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This was a difficult election for Democrats and it was even worse for Democrats still pushing fossil fuels. The Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Coal Caucus lost his seat along with a slew of others who tried to prove they're as pro-coal, pro-oil, and pro-fracking as any Republican. There are plenty of examples like Grimes in Kentucky . Or Tennant  and Nick Rahall in West Virginia who mimicked conservative talking points on coal in their losing races. Mary Landrieu is expected to lose in a Louisiana run-off. If you can't run on clean energy and climate change in a state that saw Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil disaster, then you're an incompetent politician. No state made the point more clearly than Illinois, where Democrats serious about climate won reelection while fossil-fuel Democrats lost. Governor Pat Quinn once bragged about passing a bill to launch fracking along with lead Senate sponsor Mike Frerichs. Quinn lost reelection after spending months avoiding the issue (and anti-fracking ...
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What The U.S.-China Climate Deal Means For The Rest Of The World 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The world's outlook for reaching a global climate deal next year brightened Wednesday as China and the U.S. — the top two polluters — presented a joint plan to limit emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are blamed for warming the planet. The unexpected move was praised worldwide as a historic step in the fight against climate change, though some analysts said the targets aren't ambitious enough to prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The announcements from the American and Chinese presidents, Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, drew praise from environmentalists who had feared China's desire for fast growth and Obama's weakened political standing might prevent such action. They were a less welcome surprise for U.S. Republicans, who will take control of Congress next year. They pointed out that the deal lets China keep increasing emissions while U.S. has to cut. Here are some questions and answers about the significance of the announcement and the challenges ...
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G20 Countries Spending $88 Billion a Year to Subsidize Climate Disaster 12.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Shopping on Amazon is powered by coal 11.11.2014 TreeHugger
As other web giants get greener, Amazon may be about to increase its reliance on dirty old coal.
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Coal death toll: China suffers 670,000 smog-related deaths each year 10.11.2014 TreeHugger
Some people are quick to blame "China" for burning so much coal. But the average Chinese citizen has absolutely no control over the country's power supply, and he or she is the one breathing in toxic air day in, day out.
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Despite Worse-Than-Coal Emissions, Obama Administration Finds Yet Another Natural Gas Export Facility Environmentally Insignificant 8.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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