Breaking: Chicago Activists Occupy Local Coal Plant

6 Arrested with Banner Saying “Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants.”

By Annie Sartor

Cross-Posted from the Understory

 This morning six local activists from Chicago climbed over a fence at the Crawford coal plant, scaled a mountain of coal, and unfurled a huge 7′ x 30′ banner reading “Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants.” The toxic Crawford plant operates in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and is surrounded on all sides by homes, shops, restaurants and schools.

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VIDEO: Mountaintop Removal is an American Tragedy

Actress Susan Sarandon Pledges to End Mountaintop Removal

Cross-posted from RAN’s Understory

by Nell Greenberg

Mountaintop removal is an American tragedy. Plain and simple.

The practice destroys hundreds of Appalachian mountains, contaminates drinking water and sacrifices America’s communities for small seams of coal.

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Big Coal Scores on Wyoming’s Public Lands

Obama Opens Up Western Public Land for More Coal Development

Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken,
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.

–John Prine “Paradise”

Paging Tim DeChristopher.

Today the Dept. of Interior announced that they’d be making coal-rich tracts of lands available to the mining industry in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Leasing bids worth somewhere between $13.4 billion and $21.3 billion and producing 758 million tons of coal.

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Kentucky Has Risen!

Direct Action and Mass Rally Call for End to Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal is an act of aggression. Civil disobedience is an act of love.”

-Terry Tempest Williams

A mountaintop insurrection in Kentucky is underway. And it definitely must be on Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s mind this week.

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Kentucky Rising! Twenty Occupy Gov’s Office in Kentucky Coal Mining Fight

Sit-In at Ky. Governor’s Office Demanding an End to Mountaintop Removal; Participants include Acclaimed Author Wendell Berry, retired miner Stan Sturgill, activists Teri Blanton, Bev May and Mickey McCoy

Don’t Go West, Big Coal. We’re Waiting for You!

Stop King Coal’s Dirty Energy Exports for Profit.
Big Coal has big plans for the west.

They are already digging out tens of millions of tons of coal from the ground in Wyoming and Montana. Not only do they want to continue to feed coal fired power plants in the U.S. with their filthy energy, but they also want to grow their profit margins by exporting it to Asian markets. And the quickest way from Point A to Point B is via ports along the Pacific Northwest coastline.

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EPA Issues Historic Veto on Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine

Veto Retroactively Stops Largest MTR Mine in West Virginia

Repost from the Understory

By Amanda Starbuck

Excellent news this morning from Washington DC! Today, the EPA announced that they are vetoing the Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

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Transforming the Northwest into Dirty Coal’s New Corridor

King Coal Looking to Connect Western Coal to Asian Markets
The Corporate Doomsday Machine’s (aka the fossil fuel industry) latest scheme to plunder and ruin the earth for profit involves transforming the highways, waterways and railways of the Northwest into a transport corridor for coal.

King Coal’s domestic options are soon going to be limited after Obama and Lisa Jackson drop the big one on greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, with a possible loss in profits, Mr. Peabody’s coal company needs a new place to sell their dirty black rock.

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