Mine Workers Union To Support Green Transition

Mine Workers Union To Support Green Transition

Yesterday the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), America’s largest mineworkers union, said it would accept President Biden’s policies to transition the United States away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition” that includes thousands of jobs in renewable energy and spending on technology to make coal cleaner. As […]

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Congressmen Introduce Bills to Extend Mine Land Reclamation Program

Congressmen Introduce Bills to Extend Mine Land Reclamation Program

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced two bills that would reauthorize, expand, and accelerate funding for the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund (AML), which grants money to states and tribes to reclaim former mining lands and use them for job creation and economic growth.  The first bill, the […]

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Trump’s Failed Promises to Coal Country Can’t Go Unchecked

Trump’s Failed Promises to Coal Country Can’t Go Unchecked

During his 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised to reopen coal mines and expressed to coal communities that he was their last shot at reviving the ailing industry. After the media drastically twisted Hillary Clinton’s comments about a just transition for coal miners, Trump was able to paint himself as a savior for struggling rural […]

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Coronavirus Compounds Black Lung Disease as Coal Miners Fight for Their Health

Coronavirus Compounds Black Lung Disease as Coal Miners Fight for Their Health

While we’re still learning about the long terms damage caused by the novel coronavirus, we have enough evidence to show that some of the virus’ victims experience permanent lung damage. But for America’s coal miners, there’s a lung disease that most fear far more than coronavirus: black lung disease. Not only is black lung disease […]

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Workers In “Frontline” Jobs Are More Vulnerable To COVID

Workers In “Frontline” Jobs Are More Vulnerable To COVID

The meat industry has long been a target of climate critics and food safety advocates, and now its weaknesses are becoming even more apparent as workers in meatpacking plants (yes – the ones the President forced to remain open) are testing positive for COVID in huge numbers — 1600 are POSITIVE in 4 plants in Iowa alone.  And coal workers — who are already at high risk for lung and other injuries due to the treacherous conditions inside of mines — are similarly harmed disproportionately impacted by COVID, according to former officials at the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

 

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A Pair of Capitol Hill Hearings Making News

A Pair of Capitol Hill Hearings Making News

Yesterday President Trump’s nominee to run the Interior Department, David Bernhardt, had his confirmation hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and he was questioned hard by the Democrats about his alleged conflicts of interest and how his close ties to the oil and gas industry might color his views as Secretary. 

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