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My Hot Date with Lisa Jackson

EPA Admin Visits San Francisco, We Question Her about Coal

Tonight, EPA Admin Lisa Jackson spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  I put on my best duds and bought some tickets so that me and my friends could go, hear her talk about our "Green Future" and ask her some pointed questions about mountaintop removal.  The room was packed with EPA employees, PG&E employees (they were a co-sponsor of the event) and folks from ENGOs.  

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1500 Shut Down Coal Plant in Copenhagen

Civil Society is Not Waiting for World Leaders with Too Little Too Late

reposted from my good friend Matt’s blog on It’s Getting Hot In Here

People in Copenhagen aren’t waiting around for world leaders to take action on climate change, on September 26 about 1,500 people took direct action to shut down one of Copenhagen’s coal fire power plants.

Breaking: EPA Holds 79 Mountaintop Removal Permits

91% of all Permits Reviewed are Held; Announcement Signals a Step in the Right Direction

Some long awaited good news this morning.

EPA says that of 86 79 proposed MTR valley fill permits 79 all are held for further review due to violations of the Clean Water Act.

Appalachian Uprising continues in fight against Mountaintop Removal

Activists temporarily shut down WV DEP and demand Federal EPA take over

At 9 a.m., four protesters entered the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) in Charleston, WV and locked themselves to the office entrance. They are demanding that the agency hand over control of key programs to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and that WVDEP Secretary Randy Huffman resign. Around them, dozens of demonstrators reiterated those demands.

100 coal plants stopped since 2002

This piece is authored by  Zaher Karp.

The Sierra Club has been leading efforts to stop the construction of new coal plants and retire old ones. As of a statement Thursday, the Beyond Coal Campaign has discontinued or prevented the operation of 100 coal plants since 2002, preventing 400 million tons of CO2.

Activists occupy 5 Italian Coal Plants during G8 Summit

During day two of the G8 actions worldwide ramp up and demand stronger leadership

At least 100 demonstrators took part in protests at coal fired power plants in Brindisi, Marghera, Porto Tolle, Vado Ligure and Civitavecchia as part of worldwide actions targeting world leaders meeting at the G8 Summit in Italy.

G8 leaders must stop putting the interests of polluting industries such as coal ahead of the climate, Greenpeace said.

Obama’s EPA:More Compromise on Mountaintop Removal

Administration Tries to Legitimize and Regulate Atrocious Practice

Today, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency, Council on Environmental Quality, Army Corp. of Engineers and Dept. of Interior announced today “unprecedented steps to reduce environmental impacts of mountaintop coal mining.”  

Although mountaintop removal in general seems to still be ok.

Judge Orders Anti-MTR Coal Mining Actionistas to Cease and Desist Saving Mountains (As If)

Appalachia Mobilizing for Long Fight against Big Coal

This week in a West Virginia court, Judge Robert Burnside issued a preliminary injunction to block anti-Mountaintop Removal protests on certain Massey mining sites. He narrowed it from a previous ruling that stated it adjoined anyone associated with protesters (essentially the entire No Coal Movement) to only those actually named on the injunction and those acting in immediate concert or association with them. He also acknowledged the injunction only extends to Raleigh County, WV (his jurisdiction).

Advertising Company Behind Clean Coal Campaign Touts Success

Earlier this year we reported that the public relations firm behind the coal industry's multi-million dollar marketing blitz to put a clean shiny new face on coal was boasting their ability to manipulate the opinions of both Democratic and Republican politicians.

Hooray for the Riff Raff

Appalachia Mobilizing for Long Fight against Big Coal

Hooray for our band of happy ragged folk
Tellin old stories and fireside jokes
Well, living for the music, the love and the laugh
Hooray for the riffraff

–Casey Neill

This weekend, Mountain Justice and Climate Ground Zero activists staged three coordinated actions against mountaintop removal coal mining in southern West Virginia.

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