Coal is Dirty Exclusive
This article is co-authored by Kert Davies at the Climate Investigations Center.
Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), as their website exclaims in big bold letters, is the "World's Largest Private Sector Coal Company", with 130 years of experience building big shovels and sending men into mines to chip out black rocks and put them on trains.
The closures are great news, both for communities in North Carolina who want healthy air and water, and for everyone around the world, since burning coal is the leading U.S. cause of global warming.
There’s a new front line in the battle to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Companies like Arch, Ambre, and Peabody want to ship the coal buried under the United States to Asia, releasing disastrous amounts of carbon pollution, just to line their own pockets. This expansion in US coal exports could release more carbon pollution than any other new fossil fuel project in the United States, according to a new report Greenpeace released today.
“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.
Breaking from Ken Ward at Coal Tattoo:
Expect lots of good stuff to be happening at Kayford this weekend.
Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain!
“It was usually around July you could go up there and sit and it was like the annual bear gathering up there… The whole area was full of laurels. The bears had tunnels through them, it was so thick…What’s going on today you know with the Brushy Fork of course, that whole area has just about been stripped out now, and that’s all been taken away.” Ed Wiley on Coal River Mountain.