Bitterness lingers 50 years after West Virginia mine explosion that killed 78
Citing recently discovered evidence, survivors of miners killed in the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster are suing Murray Energy after company attorneys argued it is too late to press for accountability.
Kentucky prosecutor pursues coal company for $2 million in unpaid county taxes
A prosecutor in Knott County, Ky., has resorted to garnishment proceedings to extract more than $2 million in back taxes sorely needed for public school operations and local government services.
Expiring tax credits put wind power on a trajectory to transcend coal
Soon-to-expire tax credits have done their job, putting wind power on a footing that makes it cheaper than coal-fired electricity and extended its influence from landlocked states to coastal regions.
Calls in congress for a national ‘New Green Deal’
Newly-elected members of Congress are calling for aggressive federal investment in job-creating initiatives that include energy efficiency and weatherization programs, wetlands and soil restoration, sustainable agriculture and renewables-based grid modernization.
Coal industry falters in quest for workable carbon-capture technology
Costly initiatives to develop workable, economic technology to capture carbon from coal-fired generation have come up short as renewable energy and natural gas have made such work all but irrelevant.
Transition preparation as community strategy against corporate fear campaigns
Preparing for economic transition is the best way to head off corporate fear-based campaigns that “companies can hold over communities and workers,” said one speaker at a Montana coal conference.
Shale-energy companies commit $100 million to community-impact programs in New Mexico and Texas
A consortium of 17 companies have pledge $100 million in public-service funding for communities affected by the shale-energy boom. Funds are earmarked for schools, healthcare, roads, housing and business development.
Why coalfield workers are at risk in the short term as well as the long
Commentary: “Coal communities are caught between maintaining the status quo or making a hard shift to a different future. That kind of shift has not always been good for workers.”
Commentary: Indiana utility’s move away from coal is a harbinger of more to come
An Indiana utility’s rapid evolution on energy policy signals broader change on the way: “That this shift happened over the course of just three years is remarkable,” writes one analyst.