Patriot Coal files for bankruptcy

The company cites the coal industry's "major transformation" in a public statement.

Black lung disease, once on the brink of extinction, is back. Thank the coal industry

A new report from NPR and the Center for Public Integrity finds that an affliction once nearly eradicated is back – and more dangerous than ever.

Europe goes crazy for coal — and we can blame ourselves

A spike in coal usage in the Old World is bad news. Blame America.

New York says eff you to coal plants

It will soon be nearly impossible to build a coal-fired power plant in New York, thanks to state regulators.

Good news about fossil fuels! Related: Bad news about fossil fuels!

You will basically be rewarded for not reading this post to the end.

Coal plants are the VHS tapes of the energy production flea market

In the sense that no one wants them.

Enough cheap coal: Using public lands for the public interest

Instead of auctioning federal land to coal companies, what if we used these taxpayer-owned spaces for something in the public interest -- like renewable power generation?

Coal companies routinely win ‘competitive bids’ against no competition

These government-run auctions have cost taxpayers almost a billion dollars a year over the past three decades.

How Peabody gets dirt-cheap land and the rest of us get a gigaton of carbon pollution

In the Bureau of Land Management's corrupt coal-leasing program, taxpayer-owned land is leased at "auctions" where companies like Peabody are often the only bidder.