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Former Coal Mining CEO Faces Prison Over West Virginia Safety Violations

November 22, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Mining and Safety

The indictment of a former coal mining CEO over safety violations Thursday sent a “strong message,” said the United Mine Workers of America. Don Blankenship faces four criminal counts and up to 31 years in prison for alleged safety violations at mines operated by Massey Energy.[read more]

Krugman: In The Real War On Coal, The Mining Industry Won And Workers Lost

June 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm

The War on Coal and the War on Workers

If conservatives truly cared about coal miners they wouldn’t work so hard to block coal dust reforms — an action that United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts said in 2012 “amounts to nothing more than a potential death sentence for thousands of American miners.”[read more]


Are Australia's Coal Mining Plans Myopic?

February 15, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan

Australia Mining and the Environment

Australia is not setting the perfect example for a development model that emerging countries can emulate. The government of Queensland, along with the Federal government recently relaxed their guidelines that governed the mining industry for excavation of coal in areas surrounding the Great Barrier Reef.[read more]

American Banks Court Controversy With Coal India Offering

September 9, 2013 by Justin Guay

Indian Coal and American Banks

Green is in on Wall Street, or so you'd think. Yet many large banking institutions have lined up for a controversial share offering from one of the world's largest miners, Coal India Limited. Supporting this sale means aiding environmental and social injustice in India's poorest regions.[read more]

Goldman Sachs Finds Window For Profitable Investment In Coal Mining Is Closing

August 13, 2013 by Joseph Romm

No Future Coal Profits?


Goldman Sachs has put out a must-read research paper, stating that the window for thermal coal investment is closing. Thermal coal is primarily used to generate power. The U.S.-based multinational investment bank has some sobering findings for the dirtiest fossil fuel.[read more]

India, Coal Imports, And Energy Security

July 31, 2013 by Justin Guay

India Coal Imports


The Indian coal sector is in shambles and imports are a part of the problem, not the solution. Even though India is home to one of the world’s largest coal deposits the country can't mine coal fast enough let alone transport it where it needs to go.[read more]


Energy Facts: Is the U.S. Shift from Coal to Natural Gas Stalling Out?

March 22, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Coal mine via Shutterstock

The historic shift from coal to natural gas in the U.S. electric power sector may be stalling out, according to the latest forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.[read more]

Recovering Appalachia: A Transition From Coal To Solar

July 18, 2011 by Dan Hofmann

I had such a great response to my recent commentary that I thought it would be worth the time to take an in depth look at the implications of the massive undertaking of transitioning Kentucky to solar.  Now that we know it’s physically possible for solar photovoltaics (PV) to supply all of the electricity needs in Kentucky by...[read more]

Victory for the Mountains

June 17, 2010 by WattHead Guest Contributor

Remember those other fossil fuels, besides oil? Yeah, we're still fighting them too. If you're like me and want a little bit of good news amongst all the bad news from the Gulf, today is your lucky day. Today, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that they are going to stop rubber-stamping valley fill permits in Appalachia. As of...[read more]

The Analysis is Close Enough to Completion, It is Time to Decide, Act and Advocate for Nuclear Energy

May 7, 2010 by Rod Adams

In my current assignment, I make my living as an analyst. However, I happen to be in a profession that does not do analysis as its main line of work. My employer understands the need to do research and perform the math, but it is far more interested in obtaining and implementing recommended actions. It is common for us to be told to put...[read more]

Senator Byrd Responds to WV Mining Tragedy, Questions Massey Coal's Safety Record

April 9, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

Cross-posted from Appalachian Voices' Front Porch blog Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. issued the following statements in response to media inquiries on a number of topics relating to the mining disaster in West Virginia: “While the situation on the ground this morning is not as encouraging as we had hoped, my...[read more]

Mountaintop Mining - A More Efficient Way to Kill Birds

June 6, 2008 by JenniferDillon

At the WindPower 2008 conference I spoke with a University student from North Carolina manning the North Carolina Renewable Energy booth.  He was part of a community outreach program for solar and wind; when I asked him how that was going for him, he said people in North Carolina tended to complain in the community meetings that...[read more]