Sunday, August 30, 2009

Will the recession kill King Coal? - Salon.com

Will the recession kill King Coal? - How the World Works - Salon.com

Andrew Leonard references a Reuter's analysis by Bruce Nichols and Eileen O'Grady who explain how the recession works to de-emphasize coal-fired power and encourage natural gas production and use. Leonard also links to a great James Hansen article in the Guardian earlier this year in which he labels coal-fired plants as death factories.

I'm all for moving away from coal, but there is a huge need to re-visit gas extraction methods such as hydrofracking before we get all "wee-wee'd up" about natural gas. Let's face it: all fossil fuels and many alternative energy sources have their downsides. We need to be smart as well as socially and environmentally just as we negotiate energy challenges in the 21st century.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Trouble Brews Over Coal Ash Dump in Alabama

I posted a link at the Daily R-r-r-ibbitt to an article in the New York Times on the TVA ash dump site in Perry County, Alabama. I added some photos of Perry County folks who came to the TVA public meeting a couple of months ago to protest. This situation is pure and simple social injustice. It also points out the fact that the problem with coal-fired energy production is a cycle or chain of events that begins with trashing watersheds at the point of extraction and ends with long-term disposal of coal combustion wastes.

http://tennesseehawk.typepad.com/hawks_peace_journal/2009/08/clash-in-alabama-over-tennessee-coal-ash---nytimescom.html

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Daily R-r-r-ibbit:Coal Farce Redux?

I think the coal industry has shot itself in the foot yet again! See my blog at the R-r-r-ibbit on the continuing astroturf saga in Appalachia. You'll find links there to some great articles on the latest deceptions, this time courtesy of FACES of Coal.

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