West Virginians Still Need Water After Coal Chemical Spill

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 5:46 pm

So little is known about 4-MCHM that regulators didn’t even know it’s boiling point. Now scientists are scrambling to find out how the chemical reacts with the chlorine in the municipal water system, and whether the chemical has leached into water heaters and water pipes in people’s homes. Authorities recommend that all pipes that have come in contact with the pollutant be flushed, including water heaters and outdoor faucets.

However, West Virginia American Water, the company that owns the water treatment facility contaminated by the coal chemical, is only offering a 10 dollar credit (1000 gallons) to consumers. The cost of flushing homes will therefore fall on already struggling West Virginians.

 

Come Saturday Morning: Five Hundred Years of Leakitude

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 8:00 am

“How, in the wake of this disaster, or in light of any of the other industrial spills and explosions and disasters that seem to be in the news nearly every week, can anyone in Minnesota still seriously entertain the idea that Polymet Mining will maintain water treatment facilities for up to 500 years at its open-pit sulfide mine near Hoyt Lakes?”

Bogus State Department Keystone XL Climate Study the Basis of David Petraeus’ CUNY Seminar

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 2:55 pm

Former CIA-head David Petraeus’ City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College seminar readings include several prominent Big Oil-funded “frackademia” studies, a recent DeSmogBlog investigation revealed.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ozzie Zehner, Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

By: Saturday July 20, 2013 1:59 pm

Ozzie Zehner’s entrance into the energy and environment debate couldn’t come at a better, more appropriate time and neither could his book Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism. Published in 2012, it comes in the midst of increasing interest in the topic of tackling climate change from people of all walks of life.

Google Promotes Failed Coal Lobby Work to Stop EPA Mercury and Toxic Air Regulations

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 3:00 pm

Google, the search giant with the famous motto: “Don’t be evil,” is boasting about its involvement in a 2012 coal industry lobbying effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect the public from dangerous and potentially lethal coal plant emissions, according to a recently discovered Google case study.

The Surging Coal Export Industry

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:20 pm

We constantly hear Mitt Romney talk about the “war on coal,” and to the extent that exists, it’s being waged by chap natural gas which crowds out the profitability of coal extraction. However, this doesn’t mean that coal employment has decreased in the United States: in fact, West Virginia coal jobs have increased under Obama, as has coal employment nationwide.

How can this be true?

The Depressing Energy Debate in America

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:00 am

Anyone hoping to see an end to our policies of encouraging the burning of fossil fuels certainly winced at the energy section of last night’s debate, which did not mention climate change but did feature both candidates trying to convince the country that they would deliver more coal and oil-based domestic energy.

Great News! America to Finally Get National Playoff … Between Exxon Mobil, Conoco, and Coal Companies

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 6:45 am

Today NPR told us some “good news,” the story that finally, by popular demand and Presidential edict, America is going to get a national college football playoff. The story went on about how the country has been deprived for a century of the satisfaction of . . . uh, something, which I translated as knowing which collegiate athlete program is the most corrupt at recruiting the future stars for the NFL Gladiator spectacles.

ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 5:12 pm

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the “Trojan Horse” behind mandating that climate change denial (“skepticism,” or “balance,” in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.

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