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  war on coal

Introducing Patriot Coal, Your New Favorite Ironically Named Company That’s Ruining West Virginia

Whatever happened with that Freedom Industries water-poisoning incident? All fixed? No? That’s depressing and predictable. What else ya got for us, West Virginia? … Oh come on! “Patriot Coal” this time? Apparently Patriot Coal this time: About 108,000 gallons of slurry waste from washing coal spilled into Fields Creek from the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant near Winifrede, West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. Here is a picture of a 100,000 gallon tank, and a person: Now imagine that tank (update: actually, this much larger tank is more like it) is filled with “coal slurry,” which is a gunk made of ground up coal and rocks and water, and then imagine some deity — call her Deregula, goddess of the Free Market — breaking open that tank like a kid snapping a crayon and dumping all of its contents, plus 8,000 more gallons, into a pretty little creek. Then imagine a sexual encounter with your favorite celebrity (Joe Biden), because you earned it.  Read more on Introducing Patriot Coal, Your New Favorite Ironically Named Company That’s Ruining West Virginia…
  west virginia is for non-stop vomiting

Coal Fights Back Against Obama’s War On Coal With Chemical Attack In West Virginia

Coal! It’s dirty, brittle, and buried deep underground. In a word, it’s American. Which is why Fox News declared that Obama declared war on it, when he announced his intention to “promote fuel-switching from coal to gas for electricity production.” Your move, coal. Oh, you have made your move, and it is to contaminate 300,000 West Virginians’ water by spilling an unknown quantity of “4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM)” into the Elk River. MCHM causes “severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.” All that, and it smells like licorice to boot! The governor of West Virginia, who is named “Earl Ray Tomblin” because of course he is, has declared a state of emergency, which is pretty much the unofficial motto of West Virginia anyway. 300,000 West Virginians are being told not to drink their tap water, make baby formula, shower, brush their teeth, or basically even look directly at their faucets, and no, we will not be making the expected “do you really need to tell West Virginians not to shower or brush their teeth haw haw!” joke because that is Uncivil and makes them less inclined to vote for the folks we like. Read more on Coal Fights Back Against Obama’s War On Coal With Chemical Attack In West Virginia…
  it's the ecology stupid

Screw Your Salmon And Your Virgin Wilderness, Alaska, America Hungers For Molybdenum

How is Congress wasting everyone’s time today, besides all of the usual ways? Oh, here’s a good one: “Congress pushes EPA on giant Pebble mine.” No, not giant pebbles, which are just normal-sided rocks, after all; they mean the proposed Pebble mine, in Alaska, which is going to be a fucking disaster! This is a particularly infuriating waste of time even by Congressional standards because 1) Congress doesn’t have the authority to force any particular decision on the EPA (thank Christmas), and 2) Congress (obviously) wants the mine to go ahead, because gold, and copper, and economy, and jerbs, even though VERY FEW PEOPLE who live around the proposed mine want it, the Indian tribes don’t want it, and if the fish and the curiously un-raped (sorry, non-non-consensually-sexed) ecosystem could talk we bet they would not want it either. But what does Rep. Paul “Science is a lie” Broun think of all this? Read more on Screw Your Salmon And Your Virgin Wilderness, Alaska, America Hungers For Molybdenum… Read more on Screw Your Salmon And Your Virgin Wilderness, Alaska, America Hungers For Molybdenum…
  i can't get used to this lifestyle

Your ‘Our Friend The Coalmine’ Earth Day Art Contest Winners!

Yesterday we brought you the fun news of a state of Utah elementary school art contest with the awesome theme Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas and Mining, in honor of — wait for it — Earth Day! (In case you were wondering, no: the state of Utah was not going for a Nothing But Flowers utopia horrifying dystopia, but rather wanted its schoolchildren to focus on the benefits to humanity — AND THE ENVIRONMENT — wrought by the oil, gas and mining companies. We will repeat: IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY.) Since we are not Utah elementary school students, and none of you Utahnkers made your grade-school children available as an art-laundering front, we decided to hold our branch of the contest here. Did you deliver? What do you think? Read more on Your ‘Our Friend The Coalmine’ Earth Day Art Contest Winners!…
  clear skies initiative joke here

Let’s All Enter Utah’s ‘We Love Oil And Gas’ Poster Contest, For Earth Day!

This post brought to you by the auspices of the Patty Dumpling Endowed Chair for Oil-Spill Blogging. Attention, Wonkrinis! The Beehive State is throwing an Earth Day poster contest, with the very excellent theme of “Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?” and we know ever so many of you would like to join! Let us read the mission statement, together! •To improve students’ and the public’s awareness of the important role that oil, gas, and mining play in our everyday lives. • To highlight how modern mining and petroleum extraction techniques and reclamation methods minimize environmental impacts while providing society with the raw materials required to have our high standard of living. • To allow teachers to combine natural resources, science, and social studies education with individual creativity and artistic skill for an activity that meets several learning objectives in the science and social studies curricula. Cool Earth Day project, Utah! We will enter you now! Read more on Let’s All Enter Utah’s ‘We Love Oil And Gas’ Poster Contest, For Earth Day!…
  this explains the $500K 0% credit line

Bribery at Tiffany’s: Newt’s Latest Wife Did Tiffany’s Bidding

We thought Giant Whining Baby/Serial Divorcer Newt Gingrich had his half-million-dollar Tiffany’s credit line just because he always needs new engagement rings when he divorces his old, cancer-ridden wives for new, younger ladies he’s been schtupping for several years. But no, it’s actually sleazier than all that, because this is Newt Gingrich we’re talking about. Why did he get a very special $500,000 charge account from the jeweler with a truly spectacular 0% interest rate? Financial journalists are on the case, and they found out Newt’s current wife Callista used to be a “a high level staffer for the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees mining policy,” while a former Newt top staffer is now a top lobbyist for Tiffany’s. Because Tiffany’s mines silver on U.S. public lands, and Newt got Tiffany’s a very sweet deal to exploit America’s natural resources from America’s public lands, so that Tiffany executives and stockholders can make tens of millions of dollars every quarter by selling silver from public lands to rich douchesacks and ladder-climbing sociopaths. Read more on Bribery at Tiffany’s: Newt’s Latest Wife Did Tiffany’s Bidding…
  invisible handball

Comedy Legend Rand Paul Doesn’t Want Coal Miners Going Soft

A few months ago, Rand Paul said some things that maybe didn’t go over so well vis-a-vis coal miners dying in explosions and black people getting their take-out food from the kitchen entrance. This caused him to go into seclusion, hiding from the press and their “gotcha” questions about policy positions he holds and laws he would attempt to pass if elected. But now he’s emerged from his shell, allowing himself to be tailed by a reporter from Details magazine, which, is that still trying to be the gay Esquire? Anyway, Rand Paul is ignorant of his “home” state’s history, and also would like the Federal government to stop trying to save the lives of his potential constituents. Read more on Comedy Legend Rand Paul Doesn’t Want Coal Miners Going Soft…
  hooray!

Afghanistan Jackpot! It’s Filled With Precious Metals!

If you thought Afghanistan was only profitable for opium wholesalers and the defense industry, think again! According to some convenient new geological study of the mountainous, wild land that has broken the backs of so many empires, the whole place is chock full of precious metals — $1 trillion in reserves, maybe, including “huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium.” This is great news for somebody, but we’re betting it’s not going to be particularly good for the Afghan people, the American military people, the other NATO military people, the U.S. taxpayer, anybody vaguely concerned about Pakistani nukes raining down upon London or New York, the mental condition of angry loners considering leaving car bombs in Times Square, or people stocking up on gold right now. Read more on Afghanistan Jackpot! It’s Filled With Precious Metals!…
 

Daily Briefing: Let’s Go to the Tape

* Video shows Bush was warned about the potential for a levee breach, despite denials after the fact: “Was the president misinformed, misspoken or misleading?” [WP, USAT] * Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco hesitantly told Bush that the levees were safe on the morning of Aug. 29th. [AP] * U.S. and India announce deal for nuclear cooperation, for energy and weapons; “new plan would allow India enough fissile material for as many as 50 weapons a year.” [WP, NYT, W$J] * Senate passes renewal of the Patriot Act by vote of 89 to 10. [NYT] * 54% disapprove of Bush‘s handling of the war on terrorism and 64% say the country is on the wrong track, according to LAT-Bloomberg poll; findings echo new Gallup poll. [LAT, Bloomberg, USAT] * Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee,vows to stop Dubai port deal. [WP, W$J] Read more on Daily Briefing: Let’s Go to the Tape…