Category Archives: clean air

The ethics of ‘clean coal’ propaganda

Let’s get one thing clear right now: As I have pointed out previously (and will likely continue doing so), there is no such thing as clean coal. The carboniferous rock is dirty. Dirty to the core. I remember the first winter (1989) after my late wife and I moved to Pennsylvania from the now closed Plattsburgh Air Force Base across Lake Champlain from where I now live, we tried heating our new three-bedroom home with the coal-fired stove the seller left behind for us. I tried, really tried, to keep the damn thing going, but invariably the flame would go out, necessitating a complete emptying of he coal fuel and restarting of the fire. The filthy ash and dust that damn thing generated was incredible. A decade later, Monica would be told she would soon need new lungs and that’s when she was placed on the transplantation waiting list at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Please don’t believe the hoopla and lies coming from the “coal is clean for the U.S. of A. camp. It is propaganda. All of it. Read this article for more about the propaganda.


Even in coal country, the coal industry fights on

It still amazes me, more than a little, that I lived two decades in a region of Pennsylvania where the raping of natural land was rampant in the heyday of underground mining for anthracite coal. There was no land ethic, only the scouring of untold thousands and thousands of acres of Appalachian hardwood forest. Well spring forward to today, and the raping of land in northeastern Pennsylvania continues in the form of sprawl and road-building. In Kentucky and other points South, the Big Coal fights safety and public-health regulations. Read about it here.

Dr. James Hansen: Game over for world’s climate

The director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies is plain spoken and we’d all better believe what he says and writes. There is no getting around it. We either deal with our fossil fuel addiction now, or we make the planet uninhabitable for generations to come. Dr. Hansen’s op-ed essay from today’s NY Times can be read here.

No place for heated opinions

That place is “tee vee.” And the product is a documentary about ice. Read how climate change somehow didn’t make it into the final product – for tee vee.

Climate change at the end of our fly rods

That’s the headline over this editorial. Indeed, anglers everywhere who pursue coldwater fish like brook trout should be fighting like hell for legislative action to stem the global warming tide. But it ain’t likely to happen, buckaroos.

‘Monkey’ business in Tennessee, again

Ignorance of science, even borderline stupidity, appear to be mandatory for holding legislative posts in the state of Tennessee. This editorial points out the “monkey” business. Charles Darwin is apparently outlawed in the state.

Coal and our climate: Changes happening now

Forget all that balderdash about their being such a thing as “clean coal.” There isno such thing. The rock is dirty and its burning is changing Earth’s climate right now. The weird heat wave of March here in northern New England is proof enough. Read more here.