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Bolivia’s Potosi city put on World Heritage danger list

June 17, 2014

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The United Nations’ cultural body on Tuesday put Bolivia’s Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world, on its list of endangered World Heritage sites due to “uncontrolled mining operations”. UNESCO’s annual World Heritage Committee gathering, which…

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Why the New EPA CO2 Regs Are Meaningless In Mountaintop Removal Country

June 7, 2014

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A great deal has been written in the past week about the new EPA emissions standards for Carbon Dioxide. Predictably, the coal industry has squealed and screamed (to anyone who would listen to them and still treat them as even remotely trustworthy, i.e. the industry’s captive media in West Virginia) that the new regulations mean […]

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My 2 June 2014 Appearance on “All In With Chris Hayes” on MSNBC

June 3, 2014

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Mitch McConnell’s Ugly Insult To Appalachia

May 21, 2014

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“Last night (20 May 2014), Senator Addison a/k/a/ “Mitch” McConnell delivered his victory speech after a grueling primary challenge that threatened his political future. In the course of that address, he delivered some of the most insulting comments ever directed to the people who have to live with the depredation, disease and death that the […]

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Letter From Summersville Hospital

May 11, 2014

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Summersville Hospital

(in homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) 8 May 2014 My Dear Fellow Americans Sitting here in a hospital room in Summersville, West Virginia waiting to find out if a combination of genetic Calvinism, environmental toxins and my own mistakes have finally caught up with me, I heard playing on my roommate’s television an advertisement […]

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Tesla Fan Commercial — “Nozzie”

May 11, 2014

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Here’s yet another Tesla fan commercial. I don’t really have any commentary to add on this one. Just watch it.  

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BP spill: Sea methane persisted after microbe cleanup

May 11, 2014

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Scientists on Sunday said that methane which leaked from the 2010 oil-rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico persisted in the sea for months beyond a presumed cleanup of the gas by marine microbes. As much as half a million tonnes of natural gas, 80 percent…

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Playing With Fire: U.S. Regulators Resort to Weak Voluntary Measures For Oil-By-Rail Safety

May 9, 2014

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Fri, 2014-05-09 10:41Justin Mikulka Last year, Jeffrey Wiese, an official with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) told an industry conference that the regulatory process was “kind of dying.” According to InsideClimate…

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Fine Print on Baker Hughes New Fracking Fluid Disclosure Policy Draws Skepticism

May 6, 2014

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Mon, 2014-05-05 05:00Sharon Kelly Back in 2008, Cathy Behr, a nurse who worked at a Durango, Colorado hospital was hospitalized after suffering a cascade of organ failures. Days earlier, Ms. Behr had treated an oil and gas field worker who arrived in…

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For First Time, TransCanada Says Tar Sands Flowing to Gulf in Keystone XL South

May 6, 2014

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Mon, 2014-05-05 10:33Steve Horn TransCanada admitted for the first time that tar sands oil is now flowing through Keystone XL’s southern leg, now rebranded the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project. The company confirmed the pipeline activity in its 2014 quarter…

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Sweden’s Vattenfall abandons research on CO2 storage

May 6, 2014

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Swedish energy giant Vattenfall said Tuesday that it had given up its research on CO2 capture and storage, intended to make the company’s coal power plants greener. “Vattenfall will discontinue its R&D (research and development) activities regarding…

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Obama warns of wide climate impact on US

May 6, 2014

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The White House called Tuesday for urgent action to combat climate change, saying in a major report that human-caused warming is already having a serious impact across the United States. A four-year study by leading scientists — accompanied by a user…

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Brilliant New Documentary Draws A Line Between WV and Northern Wisconsin

April 24, 2014

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  “To Wisconsin, With Love,” A new documentary from Paulette Moore and her Documentary Filmmaking students at Eastern Menonite University. View this film. It is also critically important  that you SHARE this film.   http://vimeo.com/92711437

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Obama to visit US landslide site as death toll rises

April 8, 2014

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The official death toll from a huge US landslide rose to 34 on Tuesday as the White House announced that President Barack Obama will visit the scene later this month. Up to 12 people are still believed missing after a wall of mud and debris crashed…

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The Incredible Narcissism Of Don Blankenship

April 2, 2014

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MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki hosted All In last night for Chris Hayes, and what a show it was. Kornacki had coal baron Don Blankenship on the program to explain his incredibly self-serving new “documentary,” Upper Big Branch: Never Again. The film…

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Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, No Climate Change Discussion

March 26, 2014

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Wed, 2014-03-26 04:44Steve Horn In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congressional Committees held hearings this week on the U.S. using its newfangled oil and gas bounty as…

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Louisiana Republican: Thomas Jefferson would be a ‘rightwing nut in the Tea Party’

March 25, 2014

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said Monday on the House floor that Thomas Jefferson would be considered a right-wing nutjob by today’s liberal standards. The Republican congressman was speaking out against a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires…

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The Dysfunction That Is West Virginia’s Attempt At Government

February 26, 2014

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  I’ve been trying to process and understand the dysfunction that attends the intersection of politics and flagrant corporate disdain in West Virginia.  As coincidence would have it, an object lesson arrived at 5:30 a.m. on February 11, 2014, two days past the one month anniversary of the Freedom Industries/Coal Chemical disaster. A Patriot (!) […]

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Damn! Another one!

February 11, 2014

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As a friend of The H.O.R.N. said today “Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the fetal position.”

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AmeriScan: Jan. 20, 2014

January 21, 2014

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West Virgina Chemical Spill, Gulf Coast Pipeline, California’s Environmental Law Suspended, Birmingham Road Goes Ahead, Zero-Emission Buses   West Virgina Chemical Spill Prompts New State, Federal Laws … TransCanada’s Keystone Gulf Coast Pipeline…

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