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Marine conservation and planned coal mines

Lynne Wheeler, Times Colonist, October 24, 2011

I read with interest the article on protecting the southern Strait of Georgia as a marine conservation area. While I applaud this move, I believe governments should protect all of the strait.

The Coming Decline and Fall of Big Coal

By Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, September 28, 2011

Mountaintop coal mine in West VirginiaAP ran a great story yesterday about the coming decline of the coal industry in Appalachia that I fear is not going to get nearly the attention it deserves. Because if you think about this story seriously for more than 30 seconds, you will come to see that it has huge implications not only for future U.S. energy policy but also for the coming presidential election.

Expanding B.C. coal industry nearly doubles province's global warming pollution

Media Release, Dogwood Initiative, 27 Sep 2011

BC's Dirty SecretVictoria, B.C. — A report released by the Dogwood Initiative today reveals the rapidly expanding global warming impacts of B.C. coal and criticizes the provincial government for allowing these emissions to grow unchecked.

“It will be a surprise to many British Columbians that our province is a major exporter of coal, the world’s most pollution-intensive form of energy,” said Will Horter, executive director of Dogwood Initiative and author of the report. “Instead of taking leadership in the battle to reduce emissions from coal, the B.C. government is promoting the expansion of coal mining and coal exports.”

News of weak demand from Asia hurts metallurgical coal producers

Peter Koven, National Post, Sept. 22, 2011

For anyone counting on fastgrowing Asian economies to prop up the West, this is not good news.

On Wednesday, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources Inc. slashed its 2011 guidance for metallurgical coal shipments by as much as 12%. It noted surprisingly weak customer demand in Asia as one of the key factors.

A $50 Million Message to Coal

Ray Grigg, Shades of Green, Courier-Islander, September 2, 2011

As heat records broke by the hundreds across the United States this summer, Michael Bloomberg braved the sweltering temperatures on a hot July morning, mounted a platform in front of the coal-fired GenOn power station in Alexandria, Virginia, and announced to those gathered that his charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, was giving $50 million to the US Sierra Club to aid its Beyond Coal Campaign.

US coal exports explode as global demand outpaces oil and gas

Frik Els,, August 21, 2011

According to the US Energy Information Administration, coal production will fall 1.7% in 2011 hampered by widespread flooding in the west of the country. It is a steeper decline than previously forecast and the agency also predicts a further decline next year.

The evidence on Comox coal damage is available

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, August 12, 2011

"Re: Official Community Plan is not a deal-breaker," (Alberni Valley Times, Aug. 10)

The "shred of evidence" Mr. Oliver requested on "evidence of damage to salmon runs as a direct result of coal operations," was provided earlier this year in a published letter by Phil Harrison of Comox, who grew up in the times when the Cumberland mine was still operating.

A coal-fired plant and the lie of the land

MARK JACCARD, Globe and Mail, Aug. 11, 2011

Stephen Harper can’t allow new coal-fired electricity plants to be built, such as the one Maxim Power is proposing in Alberta, and achieve his promise to reduce Canadian greenhouse-gas emissions 17 per cent by 2020. As a researcher of energy-economy systems, I say this with virtual certainty. I also know that any scholar in my field would agree with me, and that the Prime Minister’s expert advisers would tell him the same thing. The reasons are simple.

Why America has to get off coal

By Michael Brune and Michael R. Bloomberg, Special to CNN, July 29, 2011

Editor's note: Michael Brune is executive director of the Sierra Club. Michael R. Bloomberg is mayor of New York City. Bloomberg Philanthropies recently donated $50 million to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks about coal

(CNN) -- One of the frightening new realities in Washington is that many strongly held policy positions are built on untruths. One of the most persistent untruths is that we can't afford to move away from coal-powered electricity.

The truth is, we can't afford not to quit coal.

Blockbuster news for the anti-coal movement: Bloomberg is all in

When I was in Brazil last month, I had a chance to talk to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and I asked him what the federal government can do to help cities. His answer had to do with federal regulations; specifically, he said something like, "cities can't force a dirty coal plant to shut down." I thought, hm, what an interesting example! Sounds like coal is on his mind.

Is BC about to drop a new carbon bomb?

Marc Lee, CCPA Policy Note, July 11th, 2011

Any day now the BC government should be releasing the latest greenhouse gas data for the province, and we will see if any progress is being made towards a legislated 33% reduction in emissions by 2020 (relative to 2007 levels; data will be for 2009 and we know that emissions rose in 2008).

Ottawa faces crucial test in the fight against coal

Clare Demerse, Pembina Institute, July 5, 2011

Clare DemerseJust over a year ago, the federal government announced a plan to regulate some of the dirtiest sources of energy in Canada — coal power plants. Now, a decision by an Alberta regulator to approve a new coal plant has put the ball squarely in the federal government's court to live up to one part of that 2010 announcement, namely a commitment to "guard against" companies rushing new coal plants into service in an attempt to skirt the federal proposal.

Coal mine needs independent enviro review, say critics

By Ben Christopher, The Tyee, June 10, 2011

An environmental group is raising concerns about the review process for a proposed coal mine on eastern Vancouver Island, despite assurances from the province.

Opposition to coal port has drowned out supporters, for now

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, June 9, 2011

After three public meetings, I'd say the citizens of Courtenay, Port Alberni and Union Bay spoke their opinions loud and clear on the environmental aspect of coal.

Coal and agriculture do not mix in Valley

Jen Fisher-Bradley, Alberni Valley Times, June 08, 2011

People, ill with denial, think they can conquer scientific fact with whatever flavour-of-the-month their ideology is swinging to. They are all in for a very rude surprise when, finally, they wake up.

BC coal destabilizes our climate more than 126 nations

Barry Saxifrage, Vancouver Observer, June 7th, 2011

The twenty five million tonnes of coal dug out of British Columbia each year causes more climate pollution than the national economies of 126 countries.

RE Sources Brings Bill McKibben to Bellingham and Inspires Hundreds

On a drizzly Tuesday evening over 800 people showed up to RE Sources’ event at the Fairhaven Village Green to hear New York Times bestselling author, co-founder of, and Time Magazine’s “world’s best green journalist,” Bill McKibben, speak about coal export, climate

Coal double-standard costs British Columbia's citizens billions

Barry Saxifrage, Vancouver Observer, June 3 2011

Westshore Terminals, “the busiest single export coal terminal in all of North America” hides in plain sight right next to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Last year most of British Columbia’s 25 million tonnes of coal got shipped from the terminal. An average day sees over 700 train cars packed with coal arrive. The terminal can load four tonnes of coal per second into the biggest coal ships on the planet. Despite “easily surpassing the combined coal shipments of all other terminals in Canada,” it is planning to increase its capacity to 33 million tonnes by next year.

Nothing Merry About Old King Coal

by Jim Hightower, Common Dreams, June 1, 2011

If some predator were stalking fourth-graders in your community, there'd be a mighty uproar to make the predator get away and stay away from your schools.

Coal is a killer and we should not allow it here

Maggie Paquet, Alberni Valley Times, Monday, May 30, 2011

Geez, maybe we should all quit wasting our time with this whole issue. Coal is obviously an inert, beneficial mineral that we should all embrace with open arms.

Carbon Bomb: Bill McKibben considers the coal fuse burning at Cherry Point

Tim Johnson, Cascadia Weekly, May 25, 2011

Bill McKibben in BellinghamBellingham has a big decision to shoulder. Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben is cheering us on.

In 2009, McKibben helped build, the largest-ever coordinated rally of any kind, dedicated to building awareness of the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions in a warming world. The author of The End of Nature recently helped produce The Global Warming Reader, a collection of essays on the science, politics and social meaning of catastrophic climate change.

Chicago Protest Ups the Ante in the Fight Against Big Coal

Robert S. Eshelman, The Nation, May 25, 2011

Kelly Mitchell on Chicago's Fisk Coal PlantKelly Mitchell’s adrenaline surged as she began her ascent up the 450-foot smoke stack at the Fisk coal-fired power plant in Chicago. Wearing a tight-fitting safety harness and loaded down with industrial climbing gear, Mitchell, along with seven other activists from Greenpeace, scaled the stack at the break of dawn on Tuesday in order to paint “Quit Coal” in bright yellow on the side of the towering structure.

Pike takes heat from anti-coal community

By Marta Helpenstell, The Western Front, May 06, 2011

Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike is not taking sides on the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point. At a public forum Wednesday, May 4, he drew fire for staying neutral on the controversial plan to ship tons of coal through Bellingham.

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