DeSmogBlog: The Year In Dirty Energy: Coal

coal_mining.jpg Most children already have a fear of coal – after all, they are threatened during childhood that if they misbehave, Santa Claus will leave them nothing but a lump of coal in their stocking. The older members of society, too, have plenty of reasons to fear coal as an energy source. Burning it pollutes ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Poll Shows Bipartisan Opposition in Appalachia

Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club released a poll yesterday showing that a majority of voters in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia oppose mountaintop removal coal mining. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research & Consulting from July 25-28, found that 57% of Appalachian voters oppose mountaintop removal mining ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Directly Linked To 60,000 Cancer Cases In Appalachia

Mountaintop_Mining-04647.jpg A new study from the

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Linked To Birth Defects

mountaintop-removal-project.jpg Researchers at Washington State University and West Virginia University have released a new report that links an increase in birth defects in Appalachia to the practice of mountaintop removal mining (MTR or MTM). The study shows that communities exposed to the wastes created by blowing up mountains to extract coal experience significantly higher instances ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Stories From the March on Blair Mountain – Part 1 The March

5812635770_02534c2672.jpg I arrived a few days early to headquarters in Marmet, WV with an overly large pack that threatened to topple me over with one slightly unbalanced step. A sleeping bag, multiple changes of clothes, a bottle of Listerine, and ample bug spray would have to last me through the long and arduous journey of ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Bobby Kennedy Jr. Talks "The Last Mountain" With Director Bill Haney

The-Last-Mountain-Movie-Poster.jpg The companies involved in mountaintop removal mining (MTR) are beginning to get much-needed exposure in the national media. For years, this issue has been relegated to a few mentions here and there, with national media outlets virtually ignoring the devastation taking place in rural America. The media’s silence, and the public’s resulting lack of ...