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Children in the Southeast to Breathe Easier: 18 Coal Plants Shutting Down

These were the area's oldest, dirtiest coal plants. Good riddance.

People who like clean air scored a huge victory this morning: The Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public power company, agreed to shut down 18 coal-fired power plants, and install advanced pollution protection measures at another three dozen. The announcement is the outcome of a decade-long legal battle with various environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, a group of Southeastern states, and the E.P.A.

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Think Nuclear or Coal Is Bad? Tar Sands Mining Is Coming to Utah

America's first tar sands mine is soon to break ground in Utah. This is a terrible thing.

You may think of coal mining as a pretty dirty way of digging up energy, but in reality, it isn't even the worst. Tar sands mining is, far and away, the dirtiest, most toxic, and most climate corrupting means of energy production in the world. It's been going on in Alberta, Canada for a couple of decades now, turning the once-lush Athabasca boreal forests into a toxic industrial wasteland, polluting local rivers, ruining local air, and sending a thick plume of greenhouse gases up into the atmosphere.

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Craigslist Classified Ad for Corrupt, Climate Denying Coal Baron

Think you're qualified to fill the shoes of one of the country's most dangerous bosses and worst polluters? Check this Craigslist ad.


Last Friday, shock waves were felt throughout the energy industry and environmental movement alike when the big, bad (and once thought invincible) coal baron Don Blankenship announced that he was retiring as CEO of Massey Energy.

It didn't take long for an ad to pop up on the West Virginian Craigslist board, with a sad-because-it's-true job description for what it would take to fill Blankenship's shoes

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