Environmental scientists have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide.
Far from just an environmental pipedream, the coal industry in the U.S. and around the world is in the midst of a major downswing.
A recent article in Kentucky’s leading paper, The Lexington Herald Leader, discusses the down-fall of coal in the Bluegrass State.
Virginia Tech researchers are working with partners in a $1 million pilot project to recover rare earth elements from coal.
The truth is, coal is a very dirty industry. There is nothing innocent about the business and it knows it. A much better analogy would be to compare coal to the tobacco industry executives who testified before Congress that nicotine is not addictive, even though they knew otherwise
Imagine you have been wrongfully arrested, charged with murdering a child. Although the evidence against you is vague, authorities are anxious to appease those demanding justice so your case is rushed to trial.
Today coal still accounts for some 40 percent of worldwide electricity generation. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that global demand will continue rising to record levels, topping nine billion metric tons annually by 2019.
Southwest Virginia economies continue to reel from declines in coal production and employment. Against this backdrop, communities can seize opportunities to better support and retrain displaced coal mine workers in an industry where jobs fell to a record low of less than 4,000 in 2014, a Virginia Tech workforce study says.
Coal combustion plants account for more than half of Americans’ electric power generation. According to Coal’s Assault on Human Health, a report by the non-profit Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), coal combustion releases mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health.
Unusual odors have been strong indicators throughout history that something is not quite right. One year ago, the smell of licorice permeated the air in Elk River, West Virginia, alerting citizens to a chemical spill of coal-washing foam.
Christmas came early this year to some of Washington’s biggest special-interest groups when Congress passed legislation that was laden like a decorated Christmas tree with some of the finest-looking and most expensive ornaments lobbyists can buy.
The Southern Environmental Law Center, representing the Sierra Club, sent notice to Dominion Virginia Power of their intention to bring suit under the Clean Water Act to clean up leaking coal ash pits at the Chesapeake Energy Center (CEC) on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Virginia.
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved revisions to the premium levels charged for workers’ compensation insurance in Virginia.
Governor Terry McAuliffe will address the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on December 17 in a statutorily required report on the state’s finances.
The Alliance for Appalachia is releasing a Grassroots Progress Report that assesses the work the Obama administration has done in the region and provides recommendations for the final two years of Obama’s tenure.
Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change.
Sen. Tim Kaine remarks on the Senate floor before the vote on a resolution related to the proposed Keystone pipeline.
The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity.
A diverse group of stakeholders, including impacted community members, non-profit organizations, scholars, policy experts, lobbyists and scientists gathered Monday to discuss the looming issue of abandoned mine lands.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average residential electricity rate in the United States is 12.39 cents per kilowatt-hour. In Virginia, it is slightly lower at 10.91 cents per kilowatt-hour.
A new study shows Virginia’s coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire nation of Croatia.
Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways near Washington, D.C.
Shenandoah National Park has joined in a nation-wide study to sample mercury levels in national parks in an effort to identify threats to natural resources.
Numerous Appalachian groups and citizens, in coordination with The Alliance for Appalachia, will gather in the nation’s capital September 8-9 to advocate for the protection of their communities from the severe environmental and community impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has scheduled an October hearing to consider a request filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) to adjust the premium levels charged for workers’ compensation insurance.
Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?
How did it come to this? How did our political life in America get to be so drenched in hostility?
We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.
Tazewell County Supervisor Mike Himes will be the Democratic nominee for the 38th Senate District after no on else filed by 5:00pm today. The caucus that is scheduled for tomorrow night in Tazewell County has been cancelled.
Last week saw the passage of a state budget and also the potential demise of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Two dramatic events of the previous few days drove the results of the Special Session.
Mike Hymes has announced his candidacy for Democratic nomination in the 38th Senate District. The election, a result of Democratic Senator Phillip Puckett’s resignation, will be held August 19th.
Virginia is at the center of the national debate on climate change, with our coalfields in southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth’s coastal cities beginning to see the impact of sea rise.
I think a lot of people are aware of the Climate Action Plan that I put forward last year based on what we know, which is that climate change is real. It has impacts not just in a distant future. It has serious impacts, as we speak.
Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants. Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense.
John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer.
A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) outlines how energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy.
Long criticized for its lack of commitment to sustainability, Apple has really worked on turning things around over the past couple of years.
Cap and trade, whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time—has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities in 28 European countries to participate.
In October of 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 90% of homes were expected to have higher heating costs this winter as compared to last year.
Monday night, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined more than 25 members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force for a rare all-night session to call attention to the effects of climate change. In his remarks, Kaine discussed the urgent need for Congress to act on curbing emissions and investing in innovative and clean energy solutions.
The term dirty fuels refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel and other energy sources that can generate extreme amounts of particulate pollution, carbon emissions and ecosystem destruction during their lifecycles from production to consumption.
Population growth in Virginia slowed last year as fewer people moved to the state, but the commonwealth still outpaced the nation, according to the most recent official state population estimates from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
Gas prices climbed by double-digits in Richmond and the Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia areas over the last week, leaving a lump of coal in motorists’ stockings over the holiday. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Richmond rose to $3.22 per gallon when just last week it was $3.10 per gallon.
The Cuccinelli for Governor campaign released a television ad claiming that Terry McAuliffe dreams of never building another coal plant – and highlights Ken Cuccinelli’s history of fighting for the Commonwealth’s coal industry.
E.W. Jackson, Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, spoke to mine workers at the Clintwood Elkhorn Mining Company in Hurley about their job future.
Ken Cuccinelli has spent the past two weeks touring businesses and facilities that play a critical role in Virginia’s energy industry. Thursday afternoon, Cuccinelli wrapped up a four-hour tour of Paramount Deep Mine 41 in McClure.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to urge the agency to adopt attainable New Source Performance Standard for coal-fired power plants.
The liberal agenda has taken a giant step in the wrong direction with President Obama’s recent announcement of new regulations on coal-fired plants.
The coal industry and coal-related activities cost Virginia $22 million more than was paid by these businesses in taxes, fees and other revenue to state coffers in fiscal year 2009, according to a report released Wednesday that is the first analysis of the full financial impact of the coal industry on the Commonwealth. Given the nature and extent of the costs associated with coal, and the relatively small amount of taxes collected from coal companies, it can be expected that the industry imposes a net cost on Virginia taxpayers in most years.
Every day, we see the clear connection between the health of our citizens, the health of our environment, and the health of our economy. Unfortunately, national public debate is often dominated by the claim that we must choose between a clean environment and economic prosperity