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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

Sightline's "Jobs Per $1 Million Investment" 

As part of their ongoing coverage of Northwest coal exports, Sightline broke down where investments matter in terms of job production. Coal doesn't fair to well. Here are some more thoughts on the matter of jobs: Peabody Energy, SSA Marine and Goldman Sachs want to...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013


Army Corps ignores broad view of coal exports

On Tuesday, at a hearing in Washington, D.C., the Army Corps of Engineers rejected studying the cumulative effects of sending millions of tons of Powder River Basin coal across Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon. Regionally, more than 500 businesses, 160 elected officials, Washington and Oregon...

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THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

Sightline Report: Northwest Fossil Fuel Exports

Check out this Sightline report that counts the potential carbon emissions from fossil fuel export infrastructure currently proposed throughout the Pacific Northwest. There's a lot at stake. In Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia alone there are proposals in the works for seven new or expanded...

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Coal train cars derail in Missoula

Reminding us of the risks with coal transports, on Monday at midnight in Missoula, three cars on a Montana Rail Link train derailed spilling eighty tons of its contents. This doesn't exactly inspire confidence when sixty coal trains could be travelling through Spokane a day....

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FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

Friday Quote: Charles Lindbergh 

How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2012


FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

How to spot a fake coal activist

Can you believe the coal industry has such deeply passionate volunteers? They're so inspired, they will even show up at EPA hearings to advocate against carbon standards. If you find it hard to believe, check this photo. An unnamed coal industry group posted an ad...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2011

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2011

TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2011

The Dirt On Coal

In light of Thursday's "Coal Hard Truth" forum, I'm going to be posting about coal a lot, so get ready. First, check Sightline's excellent coal export FAQ. As North America’s appetite for coal wanes, coal companies are looking to China and other Asian markets to...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

How to quit coal in 30 seconds

Yesterday I posted about the innovative planning measures the City of Chicago is rolling out to combat climate change - except they're not touching their urban coal plants. In this time-lapse footage, Greenpeace activists paint “Quit Coal” on the 450 ft. tall smokestack at the...

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

This is mountaintop removal mining 

Earlier in the week I posted NASA photos of mountaintop removal mining but you have to see this clip, narrated by Susan Sarandon, from the Rainforest Action Network to get the full picture. It really is an American tragedy. Did you know that mountain top...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011


Images of the day

This thing: And this thing: And this thing: Look at these monsters Montana and Idaho - this is like what will be rolling through your neck of the woods soon.How did a story this large (literally and figureatively) miss our radar unitl now? From a...

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Touch of evil

Last Monday, we talked about Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in our post about the tragic coal-mine explosion that killed 25 workers. He shook off the company’s history of safety by saying with “Violations are unfortunately a normal part of the mining process.” In 2005,...

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