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Nuclear Accidents and All, Coal Is By Far the Deadliest Energy Source

Take a clear, simple look at how coal, oil, and nuclear compare in terms of deaths per watts produced. Coal is deadliest, and it's not even close.

Last week, Nicola wrote about an interactive chart that compared the number of deaths per terawatt-hour that could be attributed to a few major sources of energy. Yesterday, Seth Godin did the world a service by simplifying that rather complicated chart.

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On the West Virginia Coal Mining Tragedy

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia. I'm far too filled up with...

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia. I'm far too filled up with fury and sorrow to put together any real comment, but it seems important here to remind ourselves that these deaths were preventable.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ncinM5tWmIThis is not a place to comment on the environmental impact of coal. This tragedy is about callous corporate greed that put profit above the safety of workers. Jeff Biggers, who has been researching and covering the coal fields for ages, has a lot more to say about how greed is really "What Killed the Miners."We're still learning exactly what happened at the Upper Big Branch mine, but there are some things we do know. We do know that since 1995, there have been over 3,000 safety violations at the Upper Big Branch, which is owned by Massey Energy, and that there were 57 safety violations recorded at the mine last month. We do know that Massey Energy plead guilty to "criminal violations" back in 2006 for a fire at their Aracoma mine in West Virginia that took the lives of two miners. And we know that before that fire, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship responded internally to safety concerns being raised by overseeing agencies with a now-infamous internal memo that said:

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The Sinister Beauty of Coal Ash

Sometimes there's beauty in the worst of things. Just look at J. Henry Fair's aerial photographs of coal ash containment sites-which are at...

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