Coal

Pollution

Here’s what Pittsburgh looked like before smoke control

Vintage photos of Pittsburgh, from before it passed a smoke-control ordinance in 1941, are so hazy that some of them look like they've been hit with some kind of artsy-grunge Instagram filter.

Climate & Energy

Bathtub photo lands coal activist in child-porn hot water

West Virginia coal activist Maria Gunnoe testified before a congressional committee about her community's ruined water supplies. Instead of action, her evidence triggered a conversation with the Capitol Police.

Coal

The ‘war on coal’ is a myth

The number of coal jobs has increased in recent years; industry claims of a "war on coal" just aim to distract voters from the real war Big Coal wages on their health and the environment.

Coal

Coal industry pays fake activists $50 to wear pro-coal shirts at public hearing

Apparently unable to find real activists, the coal industry paid astroturfers $50 to wear pro-coal T-shirts at a recent EPA hearing.

Coal

This coal-plant snow globe could be yours for only $3,100

The world inside a snow globe is usually pretty idyllic — just pure white snow falling lightly on famous landmarks. Not really an accurate reflection of the environmental toll of mass-produced tourist kitsch. So the artists of the Dorothy collective have produced a limited run of two coal power plant globes, complete with ash-flake “snow.” One has already been sold — but the other can be yours for £2,000, or a little over $3,100.

Coal

The carbon consequences of Northwest coal exports

There are six proposals to export coal from Northwest ports. When burned, that coal will create a disaster for the climate far worse than Keystone XL.

Coal

Peabody Coal buys coal from U.S. taxpayers for cheap, sells it abroad for huge profit

The feds just sold 400 million tons of mineable coal at bargain-basement prices to a company that's now going to strip-mine public land and screw the climate.

Coal

Why are U.S. taxpayers subsidizing coal mining?

The Obama administration is selling off public-owned coal at a massive discount to companies that want to ship it abroad. Calling all climate hawks!

Coal

Big Coal’s new anti-Obama ad reeks of desperation

The U.S. coal industry is flailing, and its response is to pour money into political propaganda. It would be outrageous if the efforts weren’t so … sad.

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