Joe Smyth

Joe Smyth is a media officer with Greenpeace.

Photos: coal train derailment in Maryland

A CSX train hauling about 8,000 tons of coal from Pennsylvania to Southern Maryland derailed on Thursday in Bowie, Marlyand, highlighting the risks of transporting fossil fuels less than 24 hours after another CSX train …

Top coal lobbyist compares coal plants to 90s car phones, refuses to say if coal contributes to climate change

The US coal industry has been struggling with its PR efforts in the face of some tough conditions: polls show that coal is Americans’ “least favored” energy source, scientists insist that most fossil fuels – …

More protests against Peabody Coal from students and frontline communities

Students at Washington University in St. Louis are in day three of a sit in to protest their University’s relationship with Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company. Caroline Burney, a Senior at …

More problems for coal exporters: clean water protections

Ambre Energy and its financial backers at Resource Capital Funds received some more bad news this week for their efforts to build coal export facilities on the Columbia River. Earthfix reports: In Oregon, the state …

Bill Koch is the latest executive to leave the coal business, saying it “has kind of died”

Another executive has apparently decided to ditch the shrinking US coal mining industry: Bill Koch, who made billions selling petcoke and coal with his company Oxbow Carbon. Energy and Environment News reports: “The coal business …

Alpha coal executives get $2 million bonuses amid falling stock price and record Clean Water Act fines

Alpha Natural Resources, the third largest US coal company, had a rough few days in the stock market last week. First, it tumbled after news that the company would have to pay $200 million to …

Meet Ross Bhappu, the money behind coal export proposals on the Columbia River

The coal industry’s efforts to export huge amounts of taxpayer-owned coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia has generated unprecedented opposition in the Pacific Northwest – tens of thousands of people have rallied, attended public …

Secretary Jewell highlights Pacific Northwest climate impacts, but dodges questions about coal leasing

The same week that a Government Accountability report highlighted problems with the way the Interior Department is leasing taxpayer owned coal, Interior Secretary Jewell was touring the Pacific Northwest to discuss the impacts of climate …

Senator Markey calls on Secretary Jewell to suspend federal coal leases, as Peabody brags about exporting our coal

Senator Ed Markey called for a suspension of new federal coal lease sales this week, following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that highlighted problems with the Department of Interior’s coal leasing …

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