The White House just announced a halt to new coal mine leases on federal lands while they conduct a comprehensive review of how coal impacts our economy and climate. Since coal is in decline and a major source of global warming pollution, there’s every reason to believe this is another big step by the Obama team towards abandoning the “all of […]

Walmart is America’s largest private employer, and the world’s largest company. But they’re falling woefully behind the promise they made almost a decade ago to get 100 percent of their power from clean, renewable sources. In fact, their U.S. stores use nearly six times as much dirty energy as the entire U.S. auto industry, including more than 4.2 million tons […]

This is some undeniably good news: As EPA chief and top-climate-cop Gina McCarthy announced today, the EPA is finally releasing final rules to clean up carbon pollution from new power plants in the U.S. I'll get to the caveats in a moment, but let's be clear about what this means right up front: the end of new coal fired power plants in the […]

A damning new report from the EPA's Inspector General has found that the agency in charge of monitoring air pollution doesn't have enough data to know WHAT pollution is being released by many sources. According to the report released Thursday, the EPA isn't measuring emissions from some sources at all — most especially from hydraulic fracturing, the dangerous and unnecessary drilling process […]

Over 40 years ago, almost half of all miners who worked at least 25 years contracted black lung, a harrowing disease that constricts air flow, making it hard for victims to eat and breathe, until eventually, taking their life. But in 1969, Congress made a promise: Mining companies would have to keep dust levels down, and black lung would be virtually […]

If you need a specific example of how your tax dollars are wasted on needless subsidies to the already wealthy fossil fuel industries, then look for further than the Bureau of Land Management's corrupt coal land leasing program.When BLM wants to make coal-rich public lands available for "auction," it basically allows a mining company to write the lease terms and […]