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Coal Fights Dirty, Reality Fights Back

Coal is America's dirtiest energy source -- and the country's leading source of global warming pollution. Coal mining destroys land, pollutes thousands of miles of streams and brings massive environmental damage to mountain communities.Yet coal companies are doing everything they can -- including buying millions of dollars in TV ads -- to push the myth of "clean coal" technology. But they can't hide the truth: "Clean coal" doesn't exist, and alternatives are ready to take the place of dirty power plants and repower America with clean energy. That's reality.

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Posted March 14, 2014 by Morgan Wyenn in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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For years and years, trains have crisscrossed the country carrying coal from coal mines to destinations throughout the U.S.  Along the way, the trains travel on tracks alongside waterways and over bridges, traversing some of our country’s most beautiful and...continued

Coal Ash Disaster in North Carolina: Lessons Unlearned

Posted February 7, 2014 by Becky Hayat in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke This past Sunday, a large storm pipe under an unlined coal ash impoundment at a retired North Carolina power plant broke, releasing up to 82,000 tons of...continued

GAO Report: Coal Companies Win and Taxpayers Lose, Got Any Questions?

Posted February 5, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Senator Ed Markey asked a lot of good questions yesterday, and the Department of Interior should answer them as requested by the end of the month. Please find the questions farther down in this post. Yesterday the Government Accountability Office...continued

Coal Doesn't Belong in our Water

Posted July 24, 2013 by Morgan Wyenn in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Whatever you happen to think about climate change or energy policy, I think everyone can agree that coal does not belong in our waterways.  Yet every day, several times a day, trains carry coal across and alongside our waterways—rivers, streams,...continued

New Bill Puts People's Health before Mountaintop Removal Permits

Posted June 20, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Health and the Environment

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There is good news today in the fight to to protect Appalachian communities from the health effects of mountaintop removal mining. Yesterday Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) , Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and eleven other House members introduced The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency ("ACHE")...continued

40 Days of Prayer Launches Fight for Tennessee's Mountains

Posted January 10, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Will this be the year that Tennessee becomes the first state to ban mountaintop removal mining? Leaders in the state legislature are once again pressing forward with the Scenic Vistas Protection Act, a bill to end mountaintop removal in the state. And they...continued

Water Quality Study Strikes Another Blow at Myth of Mountaintop Removal "Reclamation"

Posted December 13, 2011 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The Charleston Gazette highlights a new study confirming the long-term water quality impacts of mountaintop removal mining. In the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) this week, a team of Duke University researchers found that contamination from MTR mines is cumulative, and...continued

Public Health dean backs up mountaintop removal research at WVU

Posted November 22, 2011 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The dean of West Virginia University's new School of Public Health is standing up for faculty research on the health impacts of mountaintop removal. The Charleston Gazette reports that interim founding dean Alan Ducatman expressed support for the work of Michael Hendryx, an...continued

Mountain-saving music from 2/3 Goat goes national

Posted November 22, 2011 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Great news for Music Saves Mountains member band, 2/3 Goat! The New-York-based  act uses "metrobilly" music as a platform to spread the word about mountaintop removal and why it must be stopped. Earlier this year, the group successfully funded a new video on...continued

More overblown mountaintop removal claims in the House of Representatives

Posted September 22, 2011 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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We know that mountaintop removal kills mining jobs. But naturally that didn’t stop the House Government Reform Committee and its anti-regulation chair, Darrell Issa, from making the claim in a recent report that the EPA's lawful and appropriate regulation of mining...continued

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