Story | Jun 21, 2012 | 7:50 AM
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Story | Jun 23, 2011 | 4:30 AMIn a typical year, more than one-half of the electricity generated within Maryland comes from coal-fired plants. Most of these plants burn coal shipped from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In communities all throughout the Appalachian Mountains, the coal industry has dominated political, social and economic life for the past 120 years. Practices such as strip mining and, more recently, mountain top removal, have been used by coal companies for more than 60 years to break the once-powerful labor unions and cut jobs. These practices involve using explosives to blow the tops off mountains to extract the coal below. They lead to the destruction of beautiful mountains, biodiversity, and the pollution of air and water.
Story | Mar 27, 2012 | 4:37 PM
President Obama announced new EPA rules Tuesday that sharply limit the output of carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. Not surprisingly, the mining industry objected. But it's wrong.
Story | Mar 25, 2011 | 4:35 PM
On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle fire that killed 146 garment workers -- mostly young Jewish and Italian women and girls -- laboring in sweatshop conditions, we are reminded why it's so important to pay tribute to their tragedy....
Blog | May 17, 2010 | 4:24 PM
Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy Co., addresses reporters during the West Virginia mine disaster last month that killed 29 workers. (AP/Haraz N. Granbari) by Kim Geiger Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship has a tough week ahead. Blankenship,...