Clean coal nonsense: New industry ad claims ‘real environmental progress’

The coal industry has rolled out a new ad trying desperately to paint itself as “clean."


Anti-coal campaign is ‘the most significant achievement of American environmentalists’ since the 1970s

The Sierra Club's anti-coal campaign has shut down proposals for 166 coal-fired power plants.

Business & Technology

If fossil fuel subsidies were distributed to every person, we’d each get $58/year

Every year fossil fuels get six times as much money in subsidies from the U.S. government -- i.e. you, the taxpayer -- than renewable energy.


Black people get asthma so everybody else can get cheap power

African Americans are more likely than whites to live near coal-fired power plants -- and, not coincidentally, they have a 35 percent higher rate of asthma.


Meet Mr. Coal Guy: He’ll say anything to make you think coal is safe

The Sierra Club launches a new campaign using classic shows like Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting to parody the desperation of Big Coal advertising.


Why less arctic ice means more mercury in your babies

Thin sea ice leads to a "bromine explosion" that turns gaseous mercury in the atmosphere into a toxic pollutant that falls on snow, land and ice and can accumulate in fish.

Climate Change

Myhrvold: 50 simple things won’t fix the climate — but a few complex things might

Nathan Myhrvold responds to follow-up questions about his paper that found that the transition to carbon-free energy must begin immediately.


Chicago goes coal-free

Activists have succeeded in getting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down the city’s two coal plants — one of them by the end of the year. That doesn’t mean the city is off coal power entirely, of course, but …

Fossil Fuels

Time for an oil change: Americans strongly oppose fossil fuel subsidies

A Yale poll found that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to oil, coal, and gas subsidies.