Trump: Biden will 'hurt the Bible' and 'hurt God'

Donald Trump couldn’t get away with saying Joe Biden would totally defund the police, so now, instead of tamping down his absurd rhetoric, he’s decided to take it up a notch. Now, it seems, the guy who doesn’t even know he’s alive is going to destroy the immutable, omnipotent, immanent creator of the universe, as well…

Renewable Energy Surges Past Coal in Production of US Electricity

The New York Times reports that renewable energy sources including wind and solar power are now regularly outproducing coal fired electric power plants in the United States. Just 10 years ago, almost 50 percent of electricity came from coal but lower costs are now driving up renewables and increasing making coal the dirty fuel of a…

The War on Christmas is Now a War on Coal

Mandy Gunasekara served in the EPA as Trump’s Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation from March 2017 to Feb. 2019. Before that, she was counsel to Sen. Inhofe, the most insistent of all climate deniers. Now she’s a climate denier for Fox News and also runs Energy45, a dark money…

Remember Those Protesting Kentucky Coal Miners?

There is a rather lengthy (surprisingly) Louisville Courier-Journal article on the plight of the laid off coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky.  The coal mine they worked for — Blackjewel — declared bankruptcy, and the miners’ paychecks bounced.  The miners have been blocking the tracks to prevent Blackjewel from shipping out any more coal until they get…

Daily Beast: Moscow Mitch Helped Out Rusal By Stealing From Coal Miners.

Moscow MItch is certainly covered in something dirty, but it ain’t coal dust from helping coal miners.  From Erin Banco of The Daily Beast: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last month blocked a measure that would have used Treasury Department funds marked for Appalachian development to help pay for coal miners’ health care and pensions…

U.S. renewable energy generation just surpassed coal for the first time ever

Donald Trump has staked his grubby little political future in part on a supposed renaissance in dirty, backward-looking industries like coal production. Unfortunately for him, the world doesn’t stand still for anyone, much less the imperial tonne of congealed adipose and inertia who calls himself our 45th pr*sident. Renewable energy is our future, whereas fossil fuels are…

Donald Trump’s 10 most pathetically predictable broken promises

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump presented a unique conundrum for the public and pundits alike. Simply put, Trump lied at a rate never before seen in modern American politics. No candidate in the 21st century, from either party, even came close. Writing in The Atlantic that September, Salena Zito offered this warning…

Fewer Coal Jobs In Kentucky Now After Trump Won White House.

I am not sure how I missed this bit of information — local and state media suck in KY, but it was reported that Kentucky has FEWER jobs in the coal industry after Trump won the White House. Two years since Donald Trump carried every Kentucky coal county by whopping margins after promising miners would go…

Pig-pen Trump to Roll in Coal to Wash Away His Woes and Help Republicans This Fall.

Trump was in WV tonight soothing his raging psyche and bringing lumps of coal for the people’s stockings: The Trump administration has hailed its overhaul of federal pollution restrictions on coal-burning power plants as creating new jobs, eliminating burdensome government regulations and ending what President Trump has long described as a “war on coal.” The…

A Good Write Up About Coal Country.

I just want to link to this Huffington Post article on one “solution” to disappearing coal jobs in Kentucky: Huffington Post. To wit, let’s build a federal prison where a coal mine was at. The article deals with the difficulties and struggles of those in coal country in Kentucky, and it tries to point out…

Illinois Legislators Face Backlash for Coal Mining Bill

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar is getting pushback from constituents after introducing a bill to help the heavily subsidized state coal mining industry. A coal industry lobbyist with Foresight Energy joined Manar and other legislators at a press conference for a bill to give Illinois coal an advantage over imports. Roughly 90% of coal burned…

Clean Energy Election Victory for Illinois' Largest Public Utility

Illinois' largest public utility will now be overseen by a mayor who pledged to keep renewable energy as part of its energy mix. Springfield's Democratic Mayor-elect Jim Langfelder deserves credit for talking about clean energy. Some candidates avoided the topic because it's controversial after a wind power contract became more costly than expected. With most…

Governor Rauner's Environment & Energy Adviser Represents Illinois' Worst Polluters

One of Bruce Rauner's first appointments as Governor is a troubling sign for citizens hoping he'll protect the public and environment from toxic pollutants. Rauner's new Policy Adviser for Environment & Energy is Alec Messina, previously Executive Director and registered lobbyist for the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group (IERG). At IERG, Messina represented the interests of…

Media Bias is 25 Sports Writers and Zero Environment Reporters

Any news outlet that distributes information unflattering to Republicans or views out of step with conservative ideology will be hounded with cries of “liberal media bias.” The badgering will continue until all news outlets are as “fair and balanced” as Fox News. But the most consequential expression of bias in the press is in what…