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The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China (Part 1/2)
 
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We went to the single most polluted place on earth, the coal-mining town of Linfen in Shanxi Province, China, where kids play in dirty rivers and the sun sets early behind a thick curtain of smog. Watch part 2 here: http://bit.ly/Toxic-China-2 Check out "Toxic: America's Water Crisis" here: http://bit.ly/Water-Crisis-1 Check out the Best of VICE here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Best-Of Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash (Full Length)
 
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Coal ash, which contains many of the world's worst carcinogens, is what's left over when coal is burnt for electricity. An estimated 113 million tons of coal ash are produced annually in the US, and stored in almost every state — some of it literally in people's backyards. With very little government oversight and few safeguards in place, toxic chemicals have been known to leak from these storage sites and into nearby communities, contaminating drinking water and making residents sick. VICE News travels across the US to meet the people and visit the areas most affected by this toxic waste stream. Since coal production is predicted to remain steady for the next few decades, coal ash will be a problem that will affect the US for years to come. Watch "Showdown in Coal Country" - http://bit.ly/16LRifW Watch "Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City" - http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read "Green Groups Say Another Coal Ash Spill Remains Likely, One Year After North Carolina Accident" - http://bit.ly/1A7dVaC Read "Humans Are Destroying the Environment at a Rate Unprecedented in Over 10,000 Years" - http://bit.ly/1vgvC1R Read "The Economic Cost of Carbon Pollution Is Much Greater Than Estimated, Say Stanford University Researchers" - http://bit.ly/1ATb1b0 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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The Most Depressing City On Earth
 
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Just gonna do a little damage control here and add that the video is purely opinion. I did very little intense research, and depression is a mental illness not a characteristic of a city. I based my argument on some facts, but I'm sure you can argue that war torn cities like Damascus could be more 'depressing'. Sorry if the video came off as if I was spouting the gospel. If you think you have found a more depressing city, comment. Just do not comment Detroit. Please. Full Script: It was my goal when making this video to decide which city is the most depressing (which in this situation is a synonym for depressing). This is obviously just an opinion, but I did put some research into this and I think that my answer is very reasonable. Before we get into this, let’s take a look at the rules. I decided that a city cannot have fewer than 50,000 people I know that that isnt the official definition, but This takes a lot of remote settlements in places like Greenland out of the mix. I decided to look at what factors cause unhappiness. I found this list, and while some factors have no relation to geography, two do: Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping, and Social isolation. In order for a city to make it hard to sleep, it has to be very far north, or very far south. Cities inside the arctic circle experience the polar night, where the sun simply does not come up for days at a time. This has been known to cause insomnia. In order for a city to cause social isolation, it needs to have a hostile environment. Luckily, most cities in the Arctic Circle check that box. It also has to be isolated from other cities, and inaccessible. There are many scandinavian cities that have hostile environments, but these cities, such as Tromso (traum-suh) are tourist destinations and generally good places to live. They have high standards of living. Next, we have to turn to Russia. Two cities caught my eye immediately: the coal mining town of Vorkuta and remote port Murmansk. However, coal mining has become unprofitable in vorcuteuh, so people are moving out at alarming rates. Plus, just look at this picture and tell me that does not look jolly. And being a port city, Murmansk naturally has contact with new ideas and people. However, there is one city that I have left out. (Papers please theme) Norilsk. The Nickel mining city of 170 something thousand people is so hostile it seems like something out of 1984. No roads lead to Norilsk, and it is one of three large cities in the continuous permafrost zone that means that the land is unfarmable. There is one freight railway that leads to the city, but the only way out is an airport or a port 40 miles away that freezes over in the winter. Norilsk enters continuous darkness for 45 days each year, and when people leave the city, they say that they are going to “the mainland”. the polar night syndrome is common in residents, you can probably figure out why. It is also one of the most polluted cities on earth. Here’s a quick list of facts about norilsk’s pollution: 1 percent of global emissions of sulfur dioxide comes from Norilsk nickel mines . It is so polluted that some people mine the soil for soot because it contains precious minerals. In September 2016, the nearby river turned red. The life expectancy of a worker in Norilsk is 10 years lower. A study done by Boris Revich showed that blood illnesses were 44% higher, nervous system illnesses 38% higher, and bone and muscle system illnesses 28% higher among children in Norilsk WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER CHILDREN IN SIBERA. In any other city, people might protest these terrible, polluted conditions. But in Norilsk, the income for nearly everybody comes from one company: Norilsk Nickel. Any protestors would be fired, because even if you do not work in the mines, Norilsk Nickel also owns nearly all businesses in town. And the Russian Government has no plans to step in, because this company is a cash cow. Norilsk Nickel is 2% of the Russian GDP. In comparison, the entire city of San Francisco is 2% of the US GDP. The city has a depressing past as well: it was built by 500,000 gulag prisoners working under starving conditions throughout the month long days and nights. Of which eighteen thousand died. The most obvious relic of this era can be found all over the city: the stalinist, utilitarian architecture of nearly every building in the city. But hey, they painted the city bright colors so it can’t be that bad right?
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Are Electric Cars Really Green?
 
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Are electric cars greener than conventional gasoline cars? If so, how much greener? What about the CO2 emissions produced during electric cars' production? And where does the electricity that powers electric cars come from? Environmental economist Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, examines how environmentally friendly electric cars really are. Donate today to PragerU! http://l.prageru.com/2ylo1Yt Joining PragerU is free! Sign up now to get all our videos as soon as they're released. http://prageru.com/signup Download Pragerpedia on your iPhone or Android! Thousands of sources and facts at your fingertips. iPhone: http://l.prageru.com/2dlsnbG Android: http://l.prageru.com/2dlsS5e Join Prager United to get new swag every quarter, exclusive early access to our videos, and an annual TownHall phone call with Dennis Prager! http://l.prageru.com/2c9n6ys Join PragerU's text list to have these videos, free merchandise giveaways and breaking announcements sent directly to your phone! https://optin.mobiniti.com/prageru Do you shop on Amazon? Click https://smile.amazon.com and a percentage of every Amazon purchase will be donated to PragerU. Same great products. Same low price. Shopping made meaningful. VISIT PragerU! https://www.prageru.com FOLLOW us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prageru Twitter: https://twitter.com/prageru Instagram: https://instagram.com/prageru/ PragerU is on Snapchat! JOIN PragerFORCE! For Students: http://l.prageru.com/29SgPaX JOIN our Educators Network! http://l.prageru.com/2c8vsff Script: Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don’t burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating “zero emissions.” But do they really? Let’s take a closer look. First, there’s the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an electric car comes from the energy used make the car itself, especially the battery. The mining of lithium, for instance, is not a green activity. When an electric car rolls off the production line, it’s already been responsible for more than 25,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide emission. The amount for making a conventional car: just 16,000 pounds. But that’s not the end of the CO2 emissions. Because while it’s true that electric cars don’t run on gasoline, they do run on electricity, which, in the U.S. is often produced by another fossil fuel -- coal. As green venture capitalist Vinod Khosla likes to point out, "Electric cars are coal-powered cars." The most popular electric car, the Nissan Leaf, over a 90,000-mile lifetime will emit 31 metric tons of CO2, based on emissions from its production, its electricity consumption at average U.S. fuel mix and its ultimate scrapping. A comparable Mercedes CDI A160 over a similar lifetime will emit just 3 tons more across its production, diesel consumption and ultimate scrapping. The results are similar for a top-line Tesla, the king of electric cars. It emits about 44 tons, which is only 5 tons less than a similar Audi A7 Quattro. So throughout the full life of an electric car, it will emit just three to five tons less CO2. In Europe, on its European Trading System, it currently costs $7 to cut one ton of CO2. So the entire climate benefit of an electric car is about $35. Yet the U.S. federal government essentially provides electric car buyers with a subsidy of up to $7,500. Paying $7,500 for something you could get for $35 is a very poor deal. And that doesn’t include the billions more in federal and state grants, loans and tax write-offs that go directly to battery and electric-car makers The other main benefit from electric cars is supposed to be lower pollution. But remember Vinod Khosla’s observation "Electric cars are coal-powered cars." Yes, it might be powered by coal, proponents will say, but unlike the regular car, coal plant emissions are far away from the city centers where most people live and where damage from air pollution is greatest. However, new research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that while gasoline cars pollute closer to home, coal-fired power actually pollutes more -- a lot more. For the complete script, visit https://www.prageru.com/videos/are-electric-cars-really-green
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Pennsylvania's 50-Year-Old Coal Fire
 
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SciShow takes you to Centralia, Pennsylvania, site of one of the oldest, biggest coal fires in the United States, and explains the chemistry of spontaneous combustion. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/artist/52/SciShow Or help support us by subscribing to our page on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Thanks Tank Tumblr: http://thankstank.tumblr.com Sources: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036012850300042X http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/01/pictures/130108-centralia-mine-fire/ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fire-in-the-hole-77895126/?no-ist http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2010/0205/Centralia-Pa.-coal-fire-is-one-of-hundreds-that-burn-in-the-U.S http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-of-abandoned-centralia-pa-2012-5?op=1 http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jul-aug/28-earth-on-fre http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/15/science/15FIRE.html http://blog.wsrb.com/2014/02/03/pennsylvania-is-burning-what-you-didnt-know-about-coal-seam-fires/ http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/UserFiles/works/pdfs/cmosh.pdf http://www.iea-coal.org.uk/documents/82476/7685/Propensity-of-coal-to-self-heat-(CCC/172)
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Killing the EPA Trump administration plans to gut budget, change how pollution is measured
 
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rump Breaking News Network -Killing the EPA Trump administration plans to gut budget, change how pollution is measured President Donald Trump has been overt about his hostility toward the Environmental Protection Agency since taking office, from removing references to Barack Obama’s pro-environmental policies from the EPA website to suggesting a number of draconian budget cuts. Now it appears that even more sweeping EPA cuts are being proposed by the White House — and the EPA itself is doing little to fight back. Trump is in the midst of preparing an executive order that would drastically curtail how climate change impacts policy decisions, according to Reuters. This will include either diminishing or eliminating the “social cost of carbon” policy implemented by Obama, which attempts to affix a financial figure to the potential economic damage caused by global warming when creating new regulations. The current number is $36 per ton, going up to $50 per ton by 2030. By changing this, Trump plans to provide a boon to industries including auto manufacturing, drilling and coal mining. White House spokeswoman Kelly Love told Reuters that there was “nothing to announce at this time.” On Tuesday, Axios reported that the EPA doesn’t plan on fighting Trump’s current proposal to reduce the agency’s budget by 25 percent — roughly $2 billion — thereby firing 3,000 agency employees. “Senior Trump officials consider the EPA the leading edge of the administration’s plans to deconstruct the administrative state,” writes Jonathan Swan and Ben German. They also report that Trump’s EPA head Scott Pruitt has only opposed the administration on one issue — namely, cleaning up polluted former industrial sites known as brownfields. Source: http://www.salon.com/2017/03/15/killing-the-epa-trump-administration-plans-to-gut-budget-change-how-pollution-is-measured/ Trump Breaking News Network Ingles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6KZ... https://youtu.be/I7QizY90Xn8 TRUMPTBNN
The Nuclear Waste Problem
 
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Mountaintop Mining The Good, Bad & Ugly
 
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APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, W. Va. -- The United States is known as the Saudi Arabia of coal, with over 50 percent of our electricity generated by this abundant natural resource. Coal also generates tremendous controversy. Much of the debate centers not on pollution, but getting the coal out of the ground.
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Get the Coal Energy Facts: Help Us Stop Coal Exports
 
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http://stopcoalexports.org There's a new front line in the battle to prevent catastrophic climate change. Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat (aka Maeby) explains the truth about the coal industry's plans to export American coal. Multi-billion dollar coal companies like Arch, Ambre, and Peabody want to ship the coal buried under the United States to Asia, releasing disastrous amounts of carbon pollution, just to line their own pockets. This expansion in US coal exports could release more carbon pollution than any other new fossil fuel project in the United States. Coal exports out of the Pacific Northwest could pose a bigger climate threat than the Keystone XL pipeline. Coal companies are scheming to export over 150 million tons of coal through the region. If we're serious about halting the worst impacts of climate change, we must do something to stop Arch, Ambre, and Peabody's plans, and keep this coal in the ground. The good news is that there is a growing movement to stop coal exports. In the past few months alone, over 10,000 people have turned out to public hearings in the Pacific Northwest to say no to new coal export terminals. Globally, renewable energy can power our homes, cars, and businesses, and make these massive extraction projects irrelevant. That's why Greenpeace is calling on elected officials to put people over profits and put the brakes on coal export expansion. The Obama Administration can declare a moratorium on new coal leasing in the Powder River Basin. Share this video so that politicians and regulators at all levels of government consider that green-lighting any new coal export-related infrastructure would just line coal companies' pockets at the taxpayer's expense.
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50 Mining Engineering Interview Questions And Answers || Frequently asked questions in an interview
 
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Mining engineering is an engineering discipline that applies science and technology to the extraction of minerals from the earth. Mining engineering is associated with many other disciplines, such as geology, mineral processing and metallurgy, geotechnical engineering and surveying. A mining engineer may manage any phase of mining operations – from exploration and discovery of the mineral resource, through feasibility study, mine design, development of plans, production and operations to mine closure. With the process of Mineral extraction, some amount of waste and uneconomic material are generated which are the primary source of pollution in the vicinity of mines. Mining activities by their nature cause a disturbance of the natural environment in and around which the minerals are located. Mining engineers must therefore be concerned not only with the production and processing of mineral commodities, but also with the mitigation of damage to the environment both during and after mining as a result of the change in the mining area. Salary and statistics Mining salaries are usually determined by the level of skill required, where the position is, and what kind of organization the engineer is working for.[citation needed] When comparing salaries from one region to another, cost of living and other factors need to be taken into consideration. Mining engineers in India earn relatively high salaries in comparison to many other professions, with an average salary of $15,250. However, in comparison to mining engineer salaries in other regions, such as Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, Indian salaries are low. In the United States, there are an estimated 6,630 employed mining engineers, with a mean yearly salary of USD$90,070. Education Students outside Colorado School of Mines campus There are many ways to become a Mining Engineer but all include a university degree in Mining Engineering. Primarily, training includes a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng. or B.E.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. or B.S.), Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) orBachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Mining Engineering. Depending on the country and jurisdiction, to be licensed as a mining engineer a Master's degree; Master of Engineering (M.Eng.),Master of Science (M.Sc or M.S.) or Master of Applied Science(M.A.Sc.) maybe required. There are also mining engineers who have come from other disciplines e.g. from engineering fields likeMechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering,Geomatics Engineering, Environmental Engineering or from science fields like Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Geomatics, Earth Science,Mathematics, However, this path requires taking a graduate degree such as M.Eng, M.S., M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. in Mining Engineering after graduating from a different quantitative undergraduate program in order to be qualified as a mining engineer. The fundamental subjects of mining engineering study usually include: Mathematics; Calculus, Algebra, Differential Equations,Numerical Analysis Geoscience; Geochemistry, Geophysics, Mineralogy, Geomatics Mechanics; Rock mechanics, Soil Mechanics, Geomechanics Thermodynamics; Heat Transfer, Work (thermodynamics), Mass Transfer Hydrogeology Fluid Mechanics; Fluid statics, Fluid Dynamics Geostatistics; Spatial Analysis, Statistics Control Engineering; Control Theory, Instrumentation Surface Mining; Open-pit mining Underground mining (soft rock) Underground mining (hard rock) Computing; MATLAB, Maptek (Vulcan) Drilling and blasting Solid Mechanics; Fracture Mechanics In the United States, the University of Arizona offers a B.S. in Mining Engineering with tracks in mine operations, geomechanics, sustainable resource development and mineral processing. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers a B.S. in Mining Engineering and also an M.S. in Mining Engineering and Management and Colorado School of Mines offers a M.S. in Mining and Earth-Systems Engineering, also Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees in Mining and Earth-Systems Engineering and Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering respectively. In Canada, McGill University offers both undergraduate (B.Sc. or B.Eng.) and graduate (M.Sc. or M.S.) degrees in Mining Engineering. and the University of British Columbia in Vancouveroffers a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Mining Engineering and also graduate degrees (M.A.Sc. or M.Eng and Ph.D.) in Mining Engineering. In Europe most programs are integrated (B.S. plus M.S. into one) after the Bologna Process and take 5 years to complete. InPortugal, the University of Porto offers a M.Eng. in Mining and Geo-Environmental Engineering and in Spain the Technical University of Madrid offers degrees in Mining Engineering with tracks in Mining Technology, Mining Operations, Fuels and Explosives, Metallurgy.
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Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry
 
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A pipeline network more than 2.5 million miles long transports oil and natural gas throughout the United States — but a top official in the federal government's pipeline safety oversight agency admits that the regulatory process is overstretched and "kind of dying." A recent spike in the number of spills illustrates the problem: the Department of Transportation recorded 73 pipeline-related accidents in 2014, an 87 percent increase over 2009. Despite calls for stricter regulations over the last few years, the rules governing the infrastructure have largely remained the same. Critics say that this is because of the oil industry's cozy relationship with regulators, and argue that violations for penalties are too low to compel compliance. VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight. Watch "Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation” - http://bit.ly/1Gpy0cS Read “What Is the US Government Doing to Prevent the Next Oil Pipeline Disaster?“ - http://bit.ly/19KYgnM Read "Cleaner Air in China Might Mean More Carbon Dioxide Pollution” - http://bit.ly/1AGcwo7 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's
 
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The Trump administration unveiled its plan to reverse President Obama's coal pollution rules. The new EPA proposal, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give states leeway on whether to limit emissions and by how much, and allow older power plants to operate longer. Yamiche Alcindor reports, and Judy Woodruff discusses the potential impact with Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post. Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6 Follow us: Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour Snapchat: @pbsnews Subscribe: PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe
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International Treaty to Decrease Mercury Pollution
 
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A United Nations treaty focused on lowering mercury pollution has been adopted by over 140 countries around the world, with some beginning the process of signing it. A United Nations treaty focused on lowering mercury pollution has been adopted by over 140 countries around the world, with some beginning the process of signing it. The treaty is called the Minamata Convention after the Japanese city that suffered from devastating mercury poisoning back in the 1950s. Data collected by the UN revealed that the level of mercury emissions in several developing countries was reportedly on the rise mostly due to pollution from small mining operations, and burning coal. Southeast Asian countries, where laws and regulations are struggling to keep up with the rate of industrialization, are responsible for nearly half of the yearly mercury emissions in the world. Juliane Kippenberg, senior researcher from the Human Rights Watch said: "Millions of people around the world are exposed to the toxic effect of mercury. This treaty will help protect both the environment and people's right to health." Mercury that has been released into the atmosphere then circulates through the air, water, and soil, and can end up in the bodies of living organisms. According to the World Health Organization, exposure to mercury inhalation can cause a number of different health problems and can be fatal in some cases.
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A History of Coal's Extraordinary Impact on Human Civilization (2003)
 
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The goal of coal mining is to obtain coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content, and, since the 1880s, has been widely used to generate electricity. Steel and cement industries use coal as a fuel for extraction of iron from iron ore and for cement production. In the United Kingdom and South Africa, a coal mine and its structures are a colliery. In Australia, "colliery" generally refers to an underground coal mine. In the United States "colliery" has historically been used to describe a coal mine operation, but the word today is not commonly used. Coal mining has had many developments over the recent years, from the early days of men tunneling, digging and manually extracting the coal on carts, to large open cut and long wall mines. Mining at this scale requires the use of draglines, trucks, conveyors, jacks and shearers The American share of world coal production remained steady at about 20 percent from 1980 to 2005, at about 1 billion short tons per year. The United States was ranked as the 2nd coal producing country in the world in 2010, and possesses the largest coal reserves in the world. In 2008 then-President George W. Bush stated that coal was the most reliable source of electricity.[61] However, in 2011 President Barack Obama said that the US should rely more on "clean" sources of energy that emit lower or no carbon dioxide pollution.[62] As of 2013, while domestic coal consumption for electric power was being displaced by natural gas, exports were increasing. US coal production increasingly comes from strip mines in the western United States, such as from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.[63] Coal has come under continued price pressure from natural gas and renewable energy sources, which has resulted in a rapid decline of coal in the U.S. and several notable bankruptcies including Peabody Energy. On April 13, 2016 it reported, its revenue tumbled 17 percent as coal price fell and lost 2 billion dollars on the previous year.[64] It then filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 13, 2016.[64] The Harvard Business Review discussed retraining coal workers for solar photovoltaic employment because of the rapid rise in U.S. solar jobs.[65] A recent study indicated that this was technically possible and would account for only 5% of the industrial revenue from a single year to provide coal workers with job security in the energy industry as whole. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining
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Cheap Coal Creates Smoggy Mess Downwind in Beijing
 
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This past October, nearly 200 nations signed the Paris Climate accords. Among the signatories were the United States and China, two nations that represent about 40 percent of the world's carbon emissions. The goal of the accords is to slow the rate the world is burning planet-warming carbon, and pumping it into the atmosphere. In some cases, ending the burning of coal will mean a door-to-door effort to change old habits. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3669980.html
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Fracking explained: opportunity or danger
 
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Fracking explained in five minutes. Fracking is a controversial topic. On the one side the gas drilling companies, on the other citizen opposed to this drilling method. Politicians are also divided on the matter. We try to take a neutral look on fracking. It is relevant for all of us, because of high prices for energy and the danger for our drinking water. This video focuses mostly on the debate currently ongoing in europe. In a lot of european countries there is a public outcry against fracking, espacially in germany. But the facts in this video are relevant to all of us. Short videos, explaining things. For example Evolution, the Universe, Stock Market or controversial topics like Fracking. Because we love science. We would love to interact more with you, our viewers to figure out what topics you want to see. If you have a suggestion for future videos or feedback, drop us a line! :) We're a bunch of Information designers from munich, visit us on facebook or behance to say hi! https://www.facebook.com/Kurzgesagt https://www.behance.net/kurzgesagt Fracking explained: opportunity or danger Help us caption & translate this video! http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UCsXVk37bltHxD1rDPwtNM8Q&tab=2
#ClimateFacts: The End of Coal
 
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In 1950 there were 388,000 coal miners in the U.S. Today there are 53,000. It's time to talk honestly about the real reasons why. SOURCES: [i] WashingtonPost.com. What really happened to coal? Jun 17 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-really-happened-to-coal/2017/06/07/74b3d1aa-4b90-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0d51a9eec5b0 [ia] DATA.BLS.GOV. Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey. Sept 12 2018. https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES1021210001 [ii] WashingtonPost.com. What really happened to coal? Jun 17 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-really-happened-to-coal/2017/06/07/74b3d1aa-4b90-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0d51a9eec5b0 [iii] NMA.org. U.S. Coal Mining Productivity Trends. September 2016. https://nma.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/productivity_trends_2015.pdf [iiia] EIA.Gov. Average U.S. coal mining productivity increases as production falls. Mar 7 2018. https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=35232 [iv] Reuters.com. Old and worn out, U.S. coal-fired power plants easy prey for gas: Kemp. Nov 16 2014. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-coal-kemp-idUSKBN13920C [iva] ELP.com. EIA: Average U.S. coal plant is pushing 40 years old. Apr 17 2017. https://www.elp.com/articles/2017/04/eia-average-u-s-coal-plant-is-pushing-40-years-old.html [v] Reuters.com. Old and worn out, U.S. coal-fired power plants easy prey for gas: Kemp. Nov 16 2014. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-coal-kemp-idUSKBN13920C [vi] Forbes.com. Closing Coal Power Plants, Replacing With Natural Gas, Makes Economic Sense. Feb 26 2018. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2018/02/26/closing-coal-power-plants-replacing-with-natural-gas-makes-economic-sense/#52425ae02389 [via] EndCoal.org. Global Coal Plant Tracker. Accessed Sept 12 2018. https://endcoal.org/global-coal-plant-tracker/ [vib] GreenTechMedia.com. Trump Can’t Save Coal. Feb 19 2018. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/trump-cant-save-coal [vii] DailyYonder.com. Jul 31 2017. https://www.dailyyonder.com/coal-mining-jobs-fatalities/2017/07/31/20555/ [viia] UCSUSA.org. Smart Energy Solutions. Accessed Sept 12 2018. https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/decrease-coal-use#.W5kpQJNKjOQ [viib] UCSUSA.org. Ripe for Retirement. December 2012. https://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/smart-energy-solutions/decrease-coal/ripe-for-retirement-closing-americas-costliest-coal-plants.html#.W5koeZNKjOQ [viic] Climate.NASA.Gov. FACTS. Accessed Sept 12 2018. https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/ [viid] EPA.gov. Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Accessed Sept 12 2018. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions [viii] Bloomberg.com. Half of All U.S. Coal Plants Would Lose Money Without Regulation. Mar 26 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-26/half-of-all-u-s-coal-plants-would-lose-money-without-regulation [ix] BusinessInsider.com. May 8 2018. https://www.businessinsider.com/solar-power-cost-decrease-2018-5 [x] Ibid. [xi] Ibid. [xii] Electrek.co. EGEB: Solar power now 50% cheaper than coal, Congress bound to cut renewable energy funding, 10 millions jobs in green energy. May 9 2018. https://electrek.co/2018/05/09/egeb-solar-power-cheaper-congress-cut-renewable-energy-10-millions-jobs/ [xiia] InsideClimateNews.org. U.S. Renewable Energy Jobs Employ 800,000+ People and Rising. May 30 2017. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/26052017/infographic-renewable-energy-jobs-worldwide-solar-wind-trump [xiii] WashingtonPost.com. The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s. May 31 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/31/8-surprisingly-small-industries-that-employ-more-people-than-coal/ [xiv] EWG.org. Half of Coal Plants Lose Too Much Money to Stay Open on the Free Market. Apr 4 2018. https://www.ewg.org/news-and-analysis/2018/04/half-coal-plants-lose-too-much-money-stay-open-free-market#.W5FYc5NKjOQ [xiva] VOX.com. The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking. Aug 26 2017. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/25/16201218/us-coal-industry-handouts [xivb] Siepr.Stanford.edu. What Is Killing the US Coal Industry?. March 2017. https://siepr.stanford.edu/research/publications/what-killing-us-coal-industry [xivc] DeSmogBlog.com. Coal Mining's Financial Failures: Two Thirds of World's Production Now Unprofitable. Dec 21 2015. https://www.desmogblog.com/2015/12/21/coal-s-financial-fail-two-thirds-world-s-production-now-unprofitable [xivd] NYTimes.com. Trump Wants to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Power. Here’s Why That Will Be Hard. Jun 13 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/13/climate/coal-nuclear-bailout.html
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South Africa's Toxic Mine Dumps (2009)
 
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Superdump: Toxic waste seeps into the environment from South African mine dumps. December 2009 For downloads and more information visit: http://journeyman.tv/59894/documentary-films-archive/superdump.html After 120 years of gold mining, the land and water on Gautengs far West Rand are some of the most polluted in the country. The mine dumps that dot the area west of Johannesburg have been identified as public health risks. One of the biggest problems is uranium seeping into the watercourses, turning the sediment both poisonous and radioactive. Ecologists, the community and the mines all agree that the mine dumps must go. But no-one can agree what to do with them. This edition of Special Assignment takes a look at community resistance against two proposals to reprocess the mine dumps and relocate the resulting waste. Communities are clashing with the mines over two proposed superdumps mega-mine dumps proposed for Fochville and Randfontein. Should these communities suffer for the health of the entire region? And what impact will these superdumps have on food security? SABC - Ref. 4564 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.
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Why the poorest county in West Virginia has faith in Donald Trump | Anywhere but Washington
 
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Donald Trump was more popular in McDowell County than anywhere else in America during the Republican primaries. Subscribe to The Guardian ► http://is.gd/subscribeguardian Paul Lewis explores the power of the Republican presidential nominee’s message in the poorest county of West Virginia. Gun nation ► http://bit.ly/GunNation The Guardian ► http://is.gd/guardianhome Suggested videos: Anywhere but Washington ► http://bit.ly/ABWashTrump Trump 4 President ► http://bit.ly/TrumpSigns Guardian playlists: Comment is Free ► http://is.gd/cifplaylist Guardian Docs ► http://is.gd/guardiandocs Guardian Features ► https://goo.gl/JThOzd Guardian Animations & Explanations ►http://is.gd/explainers Guardian Investigations ► http://is.gd/guardianinvestigations The Global Migration Crisis ► http://is.gd/RefugeeCrisis Anywhere but Westminster ► https://goo.gl/rgH1ri More Guardian videos: 6x9: experience solitary confinement – 360 video ► http://bit.ly/6x9gdn We Walk Together ► http://bit.ly/WeWalkTogetherFilm The last job on Earth ► http://bit.ly/LastJobOnEarth Patrick Stewart: the ECHR and us ► http://bit.ly/PatrickStewartS The Panama Papers ► http://bit.ly/HowToHide1Billion The Syrian Spaceman who became a refugee ► http://bit.ly/SyrianSpace The epic journey of a refugee cat ► http://bit.ly/KunkuzCat If I Die On Mars ► http://is.gd/IfIDieOnMars We can't ban everything that offends you ► http://bit.ly/CensorshipCiF Revenge Porn: Chrissy Chambers and her search for justice ► http://ow.ly/TUoOs Mos Def force fed in Gitmo procedure ► http://is.gd/mosdef Edward Snowden interview ► http://is.gd/snowdeninterview2014 Bangladeshi Sex Workers take steroids ► http://is.gd/sexworkers Other Guardian channels on YouTube: Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Music ► http://is.gd/guardianYTmusic Guardian Australia ► http://is.gd/guardianaustralia Guardian Tech ► http://is.gd/guardiantech Guardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardianculture Guardian Wires ► http://is.gd/guardianwires Guardian Food ► http://is.gd/guardianfood
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EPA Launches Back-To-Basics Agenda at Pennsylvania Coal Mine
 
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NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., April 14, 2917, to meet with coal miners and announce EPA’s Back-to-Basics agenda. The agenda reinforces Administrator Pruitt’s commitment to refocusing EPA on its intended mission, returning power to the states, and creating an environment where jobs can grow. More about the announcement and mine visit. For more about EPA: http://www.epa.gov/ We accept comments according to our comment policy: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/comment-policy/
How China is (and isn't) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu
 
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China is the world's biggest polluter -- and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment? Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on earth is creating a future based on alternative energy -- and facing up to the environmental catastrophe it created as it rapidly industrialized. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining US Group Attacks Chinese Coal Company
 
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A group in the United States called the Tennessee Conservative Union released an advertisement on Monday. The ad supports proposed state legislature that would ban mountain top removal for virgin peaks over 2,000 feet. But behind the ad is concern that a Chinese owned mining company, which has surface rights to about 48 square miles, would cause damage to Tennessee's mountains. [ADVERTISEMENT] "Tennessee has become the first state in our great nation to permit the red Chinese to destroy our mountains and take our coal. The same folks who hold our debt, hack our businesses, and have the worst conservation record in the world." Triple H Coal Company was bought by Chinese state-owned Guizhou Gouchuang Energy Holdings Group last year. This was the first Chinese acquisition of a US coal company, and a top Chinese CEO in the coal industry said Chinese coal companies were interested in further acquisitions. While TCU is worried about the destructive practice of mountain top removal, it is also concerned over Chinese companies with a poor environmental record acquiring US assets. [ADVERTISEMENT] "We're proud that Tennessee is a red state, but just how red are we willing to go?" Environmentalist group Appalachian Voices points out that while the coal is mostly sent to other US states now, it may not be that way for long. Last year the US sent 12% of US coal overseas, and as alternatives to coal become cheaper in the US, the group predicts, that percentage will increase. It also warns that if the coal industry becomes more international, the profits from Tennessee coal will go overseas while the pollution will stay at home. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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COP21: China reduces coal reliance - at a cost
 
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(16 Nov 2015) Coal has long been China's key traditional energy and is known as "black gold", but it has seen a rapid decline in price and demand in recent months as Beijing tries to tackle the issue of air pollution. Many mines are closing as China looks to reduce its dependency on coal, many of these in the area of Ordos in Inner Mongolia. Qiu Zhijie is one of the investors in the Yongshun Coal Mine in Ordos and he is struggling to sell the last batch of his coal in storage before completely shutting down the mine. The miner said that most of his friends who invested in other coal mines have closed their operations and local media reported that 70 percent of private coal mines in Ordos have shut-down or stopped production. China's coal consumption last year fell by 2.9 percent and it was the first decrease in 15 years. Like many other cities that heavily relied on coal, Ordos feels the pain of the slowing growth of coal consumption. Trying to reduce reliance on coal, the city invested heavily in real estate and tourism but ended up building a huge new city that homes very few residents. It has become one of China's most infamous "ghost towns." Places like Ordos are bearing the brunt of China's promise to tackle the climate change issue. Although the current decline of coal consumption is good for China as it attempts to reduce emissions, it is far from enough, according to Dong Liansai, Climate and Energy Campaigner in Greenpeace's Beijing Office. After being accused of obstructing the last high-level climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Beijing has promised that in the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Paris it will play a constructive role. Efforts at home seem to show China is attempting to switch from coal to solar and wind power - and it has become a global leader in clean energy. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/7b122a0526d715a908a8cb8bcd4d7179 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Toxic Waste Spill in North Carolina: Coal Ash (Part 1)
 
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Coal ash, which contains many of the world's worst carcinogens, is what's left over when coal is burnt for electricity. An estimated 113 million tons of coal ash are produced annually in the US, and stored in almost every state — some of it literally in people's backyards. With very little government oversight and few safeguards in place, toxic chemicals have been known to leak from these storage sites and into nearby communities, contaminating drinking water and making residents sick. On February 2, 2014, up to 39,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated water spilled out into the Dan River in North Carolina after a pipe broke underneath a coal ash pond at a Duke Energy power plant. The environmental disaster thrust Duke Energy, the country’s largest electricity company, into the spotlight, revealing a history of violations and inadequate oversight of ponds at all of its plants across the state. In part one, VICE News travels to North Carolina to visit a river that’s been poisoned with arsenic from a nearby Duke Energy site, speak with a resident who has found toxic heavy metals in her drinking water, and question a Duke Energy spokesperson about the power company’s policies. Watch "Showdown in Coal Country" - http://bit.ly/16LRifW Watch "Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City" - http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read "Humans Are Destroying the Environment at a Rate Unprecedented in Over 10,000 Years" - http://bit.ly/1vgvC1R Read "The Economic Cost of Carbon Pollution Is Much Greater Than Estimated, Say Stanford University Researchers" - http://bit.ly/1ATb1b0 Read "The EPA Tightened Rules on Coal Waste, But Not Enough, Say Environmentalists” - http://bit.ly/1vXglsH Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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Clean Up Coal Ash
 
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https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1747 Click above to take action to prevent the coal industry and their allies in Congress from weakening or eliminating the coal ash safeguards that Americans fought so hard for.
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The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course History of Science #21
 
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You probably know some of the signs of industrialization in the nineteenth century: Trains connected cities, symbolizing progress. But they also brought about the destruction of rural lands, divisions between social classes, and rapid urbanization. But there's a whole lot more to talk about in this episode of History of Science! *** Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at http://www.patreon.com/crashcourse Thanks to the following Patrons for their generous monthly contributions that help keep Crash Course free for everyone forever: Mark Brouwer, Erika & Alexa Saur Glenn Elliott, Justin Zingsheim, Jessica Wode, Eric Prestemon, Kathrin Benoit, Tom Trval, Nathan Taylor, Divonne Holmes à Court, Brian Thomas Gossett, Khaled El Shalakany, Indika Siriwardena, SR Foxley, Sam Ferguson, Yasenia Cruz, Eric Koslow, Caleb Weeks, Tim Curwick, D.A. Noe, Shawn Arnold, Ruth Perez, Malcolm Callis, Ken Penttinen, Advait Shinde, William McGraw, Andrei Krishkevich, Rachel Bright, Mayumi Maeda, Kathy & Tim Philip, Jirat, Eric Kitchen, Ian Dundore, Chris Peters -- Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on the internet? Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/YouTubeCrashCourse Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/TheCrashCourse Tumblr - http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com Support Crash Course on Patreon: http://patreon.com/crashcourse CC Kids: http://www.youtube.com/
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Caught orange-handed: EPA edits out audio of mine spill footage, 'What do we do now?'
 
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Congressman Bill Johnson questions EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus on EPA edits of video footage from the Gold King Mine disaster spill. Congressman Johnson: 'Why did the EPA edit out the audio of the team on the ground saying, 'What do we do now?'" House Science Committee September 9, 2015
Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits
 
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly take costs into account when it first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants. The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage, when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions by 90 percent. But the court said that was too late. The rules, which took effect in April, will remain in place while the case goes back to a lower court for the EPA to decide how to account for costs, environmental advocates say. They were supposed to be fully in place next year. At issue was whether health risks are the only consideration under the Clean Air Act. The challenge was brought by industry groups and 21 Republican-led states, which argued that the regulations were too costly for coal miners, businesses and consumers. Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said the EPA was unreasonable in refusing to consider costs at the outset. "The agency must consider cost - including, most importantly, cost of compliance - before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary," Scalia said. In dissent, Justice Elena Kagan said it was enough for EPA to consider costs later in the process. "Over more than a decade, EPA took costs into account at multiple stages and through multiple means as it set emissions limits for power plants," Kagan said. She was joined by the court's liberal members. The EPA said it is reviewing the court's decision and will determine any appropriate next steps once a review is completed. "EPA is disappointed that the Supreme Court did not uphold the rule, but this rule was issued more than three years ago, investments have been made and most plants are already well on their way to compliance," EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said. Indeed, more than 70 percent of power plants already have installed controls to comply with the rules, said Vicki Patton, an attorney at the advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund. "EPA already has an economic analysis that it can rely on to demonstrate that the public health benefits of the standards far outweigh the costs," Patton said. The case is the latest in a string of attacks against the administration's actions to use the Clean Air Act to rein in pollution from coal-burning power plants. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the ruling "a cutting rebuke to the administration's callous attitude." He said it "serves as a critical reminder" to state governors, who are awaiting more EPA rules this summer aimed at curbing pollution from coal-fired power plants that is linked to global warming. States have already challenged those rules even before they are final, and Congress is working on a bill that would allow states to opt out of any rules clamping down on heat-trapping carbon dioxide. White House spokesman Josh Earnest called out McConnell for reprising his suggestion that governors should flout EPA regulations. He said McConnell was not advocating in the best interests of the American public. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, suggested that the high court ruling gives opponents an opening "to protect the jobs and energy that are still at risk under this administration." In the case of the mercury rules, the costs of installing and operating equipment to remove the pollutants before they are dispersed into the air are hefty - .6 billion a year, the EPA found. But the benefits are much greater, 7 billion to 0 billion annually, the agency said. The savings stem from the prevention of up to 11,000 deaths, 4,700 nonfatal heart attacks and 540,000 lost days of work, the EPA said. Mercury accumulates in fish and is especially dangerous to pregnant or breastfeeding women, and young children, because of concern that too much could harm a developing brain. A disproportionate share of the 600 affected power plants, most of which burn coal, are in the South and upper Midwest. This story has been corrected to show John Boehner's title as House speaker instead of majority leader. 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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ENVIRONMENTAL | Benefits of Going Vegan
 
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Jaclyn and Julia discuss how you can help improve the environment we live in while eating things that grow from the Earth that keep the mind and body clear of animal products, all while talking about how supporting the animal agriculture businesses is the biggest pollutant on the planet. Let us know what other topics you'd like us to discuss in the comments!!! VEGAN APPAREL https://www.Veganculture.co MEAL PLANS & NUTRITION COACHING https://www.Mealplansplus.com INSTAGRAMS https://www.instagram.com/vegancultureco/ https://www.instagram.com/jaclyntiffany/ https://www.instagram.com/juliarachelle/ https://www.instagram.com/mealplansplus/ FACEBOOOKS https://www.facebook.com/mealplansplus/ https://www.facebook.com/vegancultureco/ https://www.facebook.com/julessweg https://www.facebook.com/jaclyntiffanyw?ref=br_rs Environmental Statistics: Human-related Sources. In the United States, the largest methane emissions come from the decomposition of wastes in landfills, ruminant digestion and manure management associated with domestic livestock, natural gas and oil systems, and coal mining. Chicken, turkey, pig, and cow agriculture are collectively the largest producers of methane in the US. Methane is 20 times more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The meat egg and dairy Industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions. Nitrous oxide is 300 times more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere is and carbon dioxide. If one person exchanges eating meat for a vegan diet they'll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year. If every American dropped one serving of chicken per week from their diet it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions of taking 500,000 cars off the road. 1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein. The diets of meat eaters create 7 times the greenhouse emissions of the diets of vegans. Nearly half of all water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat one pound of wheat takes 25 gallons. You save more water by not eating one pound of me than you would by now taking a shower for 6 months. A vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water a day vs a meat eating diet which requires 4000 gallons per day. Animals raised for food create 89,000 pounds of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the waste treatment facilities like human excrement does. The situation creates massive amounts of groundwater pollution. Chicken, hog, cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 States. Raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth's land mass - about the same size as Asia. More than 250 million Acres of US Forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals. The equivalent of 7 football fields are bulldoze every minute to create more room for farm animals. Livestock grazing is the number one cause of plant species becoming threatened or going extinct in the US. Source: https://www.culinaryschools.org/yum/vegetables/
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Energy 101: Geothermal Energy
 
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See how we can generate clean, renewable energy from hot water sources deep beneath the Earth's surface. The video highlights the basic principles at work in geothermal energy production, and illustrates three different ways the Earth's heat can be converted into electricity. Transcript: http://energy.gov/eere/videos/energy-101-geothermal-energy --- Subscribe to Energy for regular content: http://goo.gl/Ga5lP Like Energy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/energygov Follow Energy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ENERGY
Study reveals that pollution to blame for cut in lifespans in north of country
 
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SHOTLIST AP TELEVISION July 8, 2013 1. Wide of skyscrapers in Beijing shrouded in smog 2. Top shot of traffic, tilt up to wide of buildings enveloped in smog 3. Wide of buildings in white haze July 9. 2013 4. Close of Peking University professor Chen Yuyu, author of research paper about China's heavy air pollution cutting people's life expectancy 5. Mid of Chen viewing his research paper on website of "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (PNAS), in which it was published 6. Close of computer screen showing paper 7. Close pan of title of paper reading (English) "Evidence on the impact of sustained exposure to air pollution on life expectancy from China's Huai River policy" 8. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Chen Yuyu, Professor of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University: "Our research findings evaluate the high health costs we pay for the heavy air pollution in China." FILE: 14 January 2013 9. Various of power plant on outskirts of Beijing producing smoke July 9, 2013 10. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Chen Yuyu, Professor of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University: "I hope more and more scientists and even the public can pay attention to the air pollution problem, and more funding can be spent on research on this issue, so that we can have a better understanding of the costs, including the health costs we pay for air pollution. What's more important, we need to find a more effective, economical and widely supported approach to improve our air quality." FILE: 15 January 2013 11. Various of parents taking children to hospital because of air pollution, children and some parents wearing masks July 9, 2013 12. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Wang Man, Teacher: "Air pollution is everywhere, and it is bad pollution. No matter if you stay at home or go out, you have this problem. So I am not surprised by it (research findings) at all." 13. Mid of people walking along street 14. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Zhao Fei, Real Estate Agent: "I think everybody should do something to help improve the air quality. Go green with our life, take a bus, don't drive. We all should do something." July 8, 2013 15. Wide top shot of traffic under smog 16. Wide of buildings enveloped in smog STORYLINE A new study has linked heavy air pollution from coal burning to shorter life expectancy in northern China. The study estimates that the half a billion people alive there in the 1990s will live an average of 5.5 years less than their southern counterparts because they breathed dirtier air during their lives. The study by researchers from China, Israel and the United States was published on Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). For decades, a government policy provided people with free coal for heating, but only in the colder north. The policy was discontinued in 1980 but left a legacy of heavy coal burning, which releases pollutants into the air that can harm human health. Researchers collected data from 90 cities based on the years 1981 to 2000 and estimated the impact on life expectancies using mortality data from 1991 - 2000. They found that in the north, the concentration of pollutants in the air was 55 percent higher than in the south. Life expectancy was 5.5 years lower on average across all age ranges. "Our research findings evaluate the high health costs we pay for the heavy air pollution in China," said Chen Yuyu, one of the authors of the study on Tuesday. Air pollution is a major problem in China due to the country's rapid pace of industrialisation, reliance on coal power, explosive growth in car ownership and disregard for environmental laws. It typically gets worse in the winter because of weather conditions and an increase in coal burning for heating needs. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/894694a09cd544f0e013a1a135f9d929 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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US Sets First Limits On Power Plant Carbon Emissions
 
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The Environmental Protection Agency has made history by issuing the first ever carbon dioxide emissions standards that all future power plants built in the United States will have to meet. Read the full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/us/politics/obama-administration-announces-limits-on-emissions-from-power-plants.html?hp&gwh=0CEE49D3AAC30E7E1C1DA89F258C04E8 Subscribe to The Daily Conversation http://bit.ly/WZnLnd Join the conversation on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Add TDC to your circles on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow The Daily Conversation on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo , United States Of America (Country),Greenhouse Gas,Carbon Dioxide,CO2,Emissions,Energy,Global,City,Power,Warming,First,Change,Climate,Free,Electric,Wind,Wind Power (Industry),Solar Energy (Industry),Electricity (Product Line),Environment,Natural Gas (Industry),Clean,President Barack Obama,EPA,Environmental Protection Agency,Global Warming,Gina McCarthy,EPA Administrator,Cap and Trade,Congress,House,power plants,coal,turbines,Generator,nuclear,Alternative,Senate,news, Power Station -The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first ever carbon dioxide emissions rules that all future power plants built in the United States will have to meet. -This is long overdue, but given the current lack of movement on climate change from the United States, this is great news for the environment. -It will make it pretty much impossible for the coal industry to build new plants without adopting the newest carbon capture and sequestration technology. -The most efficient power plants in operation emit at a rate of at least 1,800 pounds of CO2 per MWh, but this new regulation will require new plants to cut those emissions by more than a third. -The mouthpieces for the dirty fossil fuel industry are saying this tech is unproven and that they'll challenge the rules in court, but with a large coal power plant under construction in Mississippi that will use CCS, it is proven and that major project - costing hundreds of millions of dollars - wouldn't be going forward unless the tech worked. -These new regulations will make America more energy independent by incentivising power companies to put a higher priority on clean energy, while simultaneously protecting the environment. -The administration is due to issue its proposal to limit emissions from existing power plants - which currently make up about a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions - in June 2014.
Marco Rubio Doesn’t Understand How The Economy Works
 
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During a recent appearance on CNN, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said that the planet is obviously warming but we can’t “destroy the economy” to save the planet. Clearly, Rubio doesn’t understand how the economy works, because every available piece of evidence shows that protecting the planet from destruction is a net gain for the economy (and the environment), but Rubio instead clings to those bogus Republican talking points about liberals wanting to wreck the economy to save the planet. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.   Link – https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marco-rubio-says-he-wont-destroy-our-economy-for-climate-change_us_5bc3af1de4b040bb4e837770 Support us by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon, and help keep progressive media alive!: https://www.patreon.com/TheRingofFire Spread the word! LIKE and SHARE this video or leave a comment to help direct attention to the stories that matter. And SUBSCRIBE to stay connected with Ring of Fire's video content! Support Ring of Fire by subscribing to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/theringoffire Be sociable! Follow us on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RingofFireRadio Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RingofFireRadio Google+: http://plus.google.com/118415831573195648557 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ringoffirenetwork/ Follow more of our stories at http://www.TROFIRE.com Subscribe to our podcast: http://www.ROFPodcast.com Nobody's ever accused Marco Rubio of being a smart guy, and he proved again this past weekend on CNN that he really doesn't understand how, well, anything is actually supposed to work. During an interview on CNN, Marco Rubio was talking about climate change, you know, the issue where just a few years ago he got mad during an interview and said, "Look, I'm not a scientist, man." Well, now I guess he's learned a little bit from scientists and says, "Yeah, we should probably do something about the environment and climate change, but we can't destroy the economy to do it." Here is the exact quote from Marco Rubio: "We're going to have to do something about the impact that it's having on low level coastal areas, and that means mitigation, hardening, lifting, how we manage water. We're all over that, but I'm also not going to destroy our economy. There's a reality here. There's a balance on that end of it that we need to be focused on." Marco, have you seen any of the studies that show that addressing climate change, reducing emissions, not destroying regulations, that literally every single one of those things actually creates more economic benefit than either ignoring them or destroying them? Because every available study happens to say that. In fact, those regulations that your president is slashing and burning at an alarming rate, those actually create more jobs here in the United States, and for every $1 spent on enforcement, it creates a $7 ripple effect throughout local economies. We could be investing in smarter energy, renewable energy, working on job training programs to take people out of the coal mines, get them working on wind turbines and solar panels. That would actually create more jobs and create fewer sick days for Americans, because that would also result in less pollution, which would create bigger economic benefits. There's literally no way to address the climate change catastrophe coming towards us without benefiting the economy. That's how that works. It is a win-win situation. We help fix the environment, and we get a robust, renewable energy economy with fewer emissions, fewer sick days, greater economic benefits, higher worker productivity, literally no one loses except for the fossil fuel industry CEOs who refuse to change for decades. But those are the only people you care about. Those are the only people your party cares about, and that's why you're willing to go on CNN and pretend that you don't know how the actual economy works. I know you've seen those studies, okay? Those studies have been out for years at this point, and none of them say that we have to burn down the economy in order to save the planet. In fact, all of them happen to say the exact opposite of that.
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Coal Mining in Oklahoma. 1952
 
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Identifier: F2010.108.1.050 Description:Black and white film with audio. Film shows men mining coal at Star Coal Company a few miles east of Henryetta, Oklahoma. Film shows men working on the removal of coal from the the mine and the separation and grading process once it is extracted from the mine. The importance of the telephone is shown as a way for miners to communicate with crews above ground while working underground. Creator: Southwestern Bell Oklahoma Coverage: Henryetta (City), in Oklahoma (USA) MARC Geographic Areas: Oklahoma (oku); United States (xxu) Extent: (quantity/size) 7min 44sec Media: 16 mm film; Moving Images,AVI 1920X1080 29.97 FRAME RATE Subjects: Mines and mining To purchase a DVD or broadcast quality digital file contact us: http://www.okhistory.org/ /ohfees
Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry (Trailer)
 
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A pipeline network more than 2.5 million miles long transports oil and natural gas throughout the United States — but a top official in the federal government's pipeline safety oversight agency admits that the regulatory process is overstretched and "kind of dying." A recent spike in the number of spills illustrates the problem: the Department of Transportation recorded 73 pipeline-related accidents in 2014, an 87 percent increase over 2009. Despite calls for stricter regulations over the last few years, the rules governing the infrastructure have largely remained the same. Critics say that this is because of the oil industry's cozy relationship with regulators, and argue that violations for penalties are too low to compel compliance. VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight. Watch "Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation” - http://bit.ly/1Gpy0cS Read "Cleaner Air in China Might Mean More Carbon Dioxide Pollution” - http://bit.ly/1AGcwo7 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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U.S. Takes Major Global Warming Step
 
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Subscribe to The Daily Conversation https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Greenhouse Gas,United States Environmental Protection Agency (Government Agency),EPA,Environment,clean,green,coal,carbon dioxide,global warming,climate change,Fossil-fuel Power Station,Carbon (Chemical Element),Natural Gas (Industry),wind,solar,Solar Energy (Industry),Wind Power (Industry),USA,United States,President Obama,Barack Obama,Obama,Hillary Clinton,economy,health,good,video,Gina McCarthy
What if.... Companies had to pay TO poLLuT the earTH
 
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If the biggest companies in the world had to account for all the environmental damage they cause, could they still turn a profit? According to a UN-supported analysis, no way. In fact, the 3,000 largest publicly-traded companies were responsible for $2.15 trillion in environmental damages in 2008 – but these damages are often written off as “externalities” and are not accounted for on the bottom line. What’s even worse, these externalities cost the global economy an estimated $4.7 trillion per year in health and social costs, lost ecosystem services and pollution.  Marine debris on Kamilo Beach, Hawaii, washed up from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (Image Credit: Algalita) These figures come from Natural Capital at Risk, a 2013 report on the top 100 externalities of business produced by a combined effort of the United Nations Environment Programme, TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Trucost consulting firm.  Valley of the Drums, a toxic waste site in Kentucky, United States, 1980. (Photo Credit: EPA) As Greenpeace points out in its breakdown of the report, almost no business on Earth would be profitable if it accounted for every greenhouse gas it emitted into the air, how much land it monopolized and poisoned, and how many diseases were spread in relation to its products. One example is the mercury that Chisso Chemical Corporation dumped into a Japanese bay for four decades, and that resulted in the deaths of nearly 1,800 people and the spread of birth defects and disabilities in 10,000 more. Obviously, the impacts to health and environment don’t stop there. “The unpaid costs of modern industry include the honey bee collapse that affects global pollination, the massive health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals from the hydrocarbon chemical industry, and of course, global warming that will impact humanity and all of nature into the future,” writes Greenpeace International co-founder Rex Weyler.  Fire at toxic waste storage site at Krasny Bor, May 24, 2008. (Photo via WikiMedia Commons) The Natural Capital at Risk report investigated a broad swath of industries, including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining, utilities, cement, steel, paper and petrochemicals, and concluded that no sector generates enough revenue to cover its real, external costs. The report calculates that these costs tally up to an astounding $7.3 trillion per year, or 13 percent of the global economic output in 2009.  Coal ash being stored in the West Pans. (Photo: Richard Webb) The majority of these costs were incurred via greenhouse gas emissions (38 percent of the total), followed by water use (25 percent), land use (24 percent), air pollution (seven percent), land and water pollution (five percent) and waste (one percent
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BETHESDA MINING COMPANY
 
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http://bestsolutions.cu.cc/bethesda-mining-company/ Bethesda Mining is a midsized coal mining company with 20 mines located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. The company operates deep mines as well as strip mines. Most of the coal mined is sold under contract, with excess production sold on the spot market. The coal mining industry, especially high-sulfur coal operations such as Bethesda, has been hard hit by environmental regulations. Recently, however, a combination of increased demand for coal and new pollution reduction technologies has led to an improved market demand for high sulfur coal. Bethesda has just been approached by Mid-Ohio Electric Company with a request to supply coal for its electric generators for the next four years. Bethesda Mining does not have enough excess capacity at its existing mines to guarantee the contract. The company is considering opening a strip mine in Ohio on 5,000 acres of land purchased 10 years ago for $5 million. Based on a recent appraisal, the company feels it could receive $4.5 million on an aftertax basis if it sold the land today. Strip mining is a process where the layers of topsoil above vein are removed and the exposed soil is removed. Some time ago, the company would simply remove the coil and leave the land in an unusable condition. Changes in the mining regulations now force the a company to reclaim the land; that is, when mining is completed, the land must be restored to near its original condition. The land can then be used for other purposes. Because it is currently operating at full capacity, Bethesda will need to purchase additional necessary equipment, which will cost $30 million. The equipment will be depreciated on a seven-year MACRS schedule. The contract runs for only four years. At that time the coal from the site will be entirely mined. The company feels that the equipment can be sold for 60 percent of its initial purchase price. However, Bethesda plans to open another strip mine at that time and will use the equipment at the new mine. The contract calls for the delivery of 500,000 tons of coal per year at a price of $35 per ton. Bethesda Mining feels that call production will be 550,000 tons, 625,000 tons, 710,000 tons, and 640,000 tons, respectively, over the next four years. The excess production will be sold in the spot market at an average of $40 per ton. Variable costs amount to $10 per ton, and fixed costs are $2,500,000 per year. The mine will require a net working capital investment of 3 percent of sales. The NWC will be built up in the year prior to sales. Bethesda will be responsible for reclaiming the land at termination of the mining. This will occur in year 5. The company uses an outside company for reclamation of all the company's strip mines. It is estimated the cost of reclamation will be $3 million. After the land is reclaimed, the company plans to denote the land to the state for use as a public park and recreation area. This will occur in year 6 and result in a charitable expense deduction of $5 million. Bethesda faces a 40 percent tax rate and has a 10 percent required return on new strip mine projects. Assume that a loss in any year will result in a tax credit. You have been approached by the president of the company with a request to analyze the project. Calculate the payback period, profitability index, net present value and internal rate of return for the new strip mine. Should Bethesda Mining take thecontract and open the mine?
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COAL: The documentary
 
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The Northwest is square in the middle of a controversial global debate: Should the region build export terminals that would open lucrative markets for the world's dirtiest fossil fuel? As the U.S. economy continues to struggle, can the country afford not to? COAL is a KCTS 9 and EarthFix original documentary. For more information on the documentary, visit: kcts9.org/coal or earthfix.us/coaldoc. For ongoing reporting on Coal in the Northwest, visit EarthFix: earthfix.info/coal/ Credits Written, Directed and Produced by Katie Campbell Photography by Michael Werner Katie Campbell Editor Michael Werner Narrator Katie Campbell EarthFix reporters Ashley Ahearn Bonnie Stewart Amelia Templeton Courtney Flatt Cassandra Profita Aaron Kunz Aerial photography by Katie Campbell Aerial support provided by Christopher Boyer, LightHawk Hunter Handsfield, LightHawk Additional photography Aaron Kunz Stock Footage - RevoStock Audio post production Milt Ritter Post Production Support Lisa Strube-Kilgore Phil Williams Chris Maske Music Lonely Rails Written by Seth Warren and C. Andrew Rohrmann. Performed by Seth Warren. Published by Sciencelab. Salt Flats Written by Miguel D'Oliveira. Published by BBC Production Music. Like a Phoenix Written by Steve Carter. Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd. Celtic Mist Written by Al Lethbridge. Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd. Pistola Written by Geoff Levin. Published by ZFC Music. Fluttering Leaves Written by Daniel Pemberton. Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd. The Couple Written by Al Lethbridge. Published by BBC Production Music. Halcyon Skies Written by Ben Hales and Matt Hales. Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd. The Loner Written by Miguel D'Oliveira. Published by BBC Production Music. Special Thanks to Dustin Bleizeffer Shannon Anderson LightHawk Keith Williams Thunder Basin Coal Company Leroy Rohde Andy Rohrmann Tom Lubnau Columbia River Pilots Aaron Toso Courtney Wallace Lauri Hennessey
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Rare Opportunity: Researchers See Potential In Mining Coal Waste
 
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Throughout coal mining country of the Eastern U.S. you will find streams that run a peculiar rusty orange. It’s the result of pollution called acid mine drainage, or AMD. It’s estimated that about 10,000 miles of streams are polluted by AMD in Pennsylvania and West Virginia alone. In fact, researchers have calculated that every second, coal mines throughout the region are pumping out about 3,000 cubic feet of AMD. That’s roughly equal to an average May day’s flow of water in the Monongahela River as it winds through the region. http://wvpublic.org/post/rare-opportunity-researchers-see-potential-mining-coal-waste
U.S. electricity from coal: 53% in 1997, 48% in 2008, 45% in 2009
 
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13 surface mines in a 80-mile stretch of WY produce over 400 million tons of coal each year -- about 40% of the total U.S. production, providing electricity to 20% of the U.S. homes. Arch Coal Black Thunder mine‏ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvUbU1auBCA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahrl60Wlavw Coal accounted for 52.8 percent of the United States' net electrical generation in 1997. But coal's grip on the country's utility market has slipped, down to 48.2 percent in 2008 and to 44.6 percent in 2009, according to the Energy Information Administration - http://www.eia.doe.gov/fuelelectric.html 2/9/2011 - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-09/-massive-closures-of-u-s-coal-plants-loom-chu-says-update2-.html (Excerpt) The EIA predicts plants with 7.7 gigawatts of capacity will close by 2018. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based The Brattle Group, a consulting firm, said in December that 50 to 65 gigawatts of capacity may be closed by 2020 because of environmental regulations. Analysts at Zurich-based bank Credit Suisse Group AG said in September that about 60 gigawatts of coal capacity may be retired. American Electric Power (AEP), Ohio-based, is one of the nation's largest electric utilities (almost 5 million customers linked to its 11-state electricity transmission and distribution grid). AEP is the largest electricity generator in the U.S. The utility recently announced that it will retire about 5,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation over the next five years. In 2009, AEP's fuel mix was 66 percent coal, 22 percent natural gas and the rest nuclear, hydro and various types of renewable power. AEP estimates that by 2017 its fuel mix will be 58 percent coal, 27 percent natural gas, and the rest nuclear, hydro and renewable. Also see: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=American_Electric_Power --- 10/19/2010 American Electric Power Co. (AEP) is reviewing options to shut down more than 5,000 megawatts of coal power, but the pace will depend on regulations, a company executive said Tuesday. [Abut 13% of its total 38,000 megawatts capacity; AEP burned 76 million tons of coal in 2009] Federal and state regulations could add significant costs to operating coal-fired plants for their emissions. "How much of the capacity do you replace depends on the economy and depends on what the options are," such as the price of building cleaner natural-gas generation, said Nick Akins, AEP's executive vice president of generation. The utility gets 5,000 megawatts of generation from smaller, older and less-efficient coal units and there isn't economic justification to retrofit them with environmental upgrades. AEP is evaluating whether to retire and replace another 10,000 megawatts of power generation. "If we retire too much capacity too quickly, we will not be able to survive from a system dynamic," Akins said at the company's investor day meeting in New York City. AEP has been actively lobbying in Washington on an energy policy and regulatory concerns, such as the pace of implementing clean air rules. Akins said that the company will have to change how it contracts coal but did not provide further details. AEP is considering adding natural gas generating capacity for various brownfield projects but is not planning to make any new coal or nuclear investments in the near term, Akin said. --- More: http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/powering-down === Powder River Basin coal mines, also see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dajoJMXEE0o 1:49 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdRlwKM4eIc 1:57 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWebhWWNaMU 3:16 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahrl60Wlavw 3:20 minutes http://www.wsgs.uwyo.edu/coalweb/WyomingCoal/default.aspx The video on here was done is from Plains Justice http://plainsjusticeblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/powder-river-basin-coal-mines-video/ === Coal Country docuementary: http://www.coalcountrythemovie.com/ VBS.TV took a trip to West Virginia to investigate the evils of mountaintop removal mining. http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/watch-toxic-west-virginia === In all, more than 4000 animals died in the spill that fouled nearly a mile of Captina Creek in Belmont County, Ohio, on October 1, 2010. (Con't.) http://tinyurl.com/Coal-slurry-in-Captina-Cr Video (1:37 minutes) http://vp.mgnetwork.net/traveler.swf?embed_referer=&u=2e83506a2220102ea6fd001ec92a4a0d 10/10/2010 - Toxic coal sludge pollutes Ky. town 10 years later http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jvwI07uAn7QJ0uvbYNgmpERomHfgD9IP0VP01?docId=D9IP0VP01 10/7/3020 - Journalist receives government records after 7 years http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=11594 The editor of a mining industry newsletter received additional government records Monday regarding the investigation into one of the worst environmental accidents in SE U.S.
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Debating the New EPA Rules for Carbon Emissions from Coal - TRNN Webathon Panel
 
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Jeff Biggers, Daphnye Wysham, and Subhankar Banerjee discuss the details and limits of the new EPA rules for carbon emissions by coal-fired power plants
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Under Trump, EPA Has Basically Stopped Prosecuting Corporations Who Poison Americans
 
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Enforcement actions at the EPA under Donald Trump have fallen to a 30-year low, showing that the priorities of this organization are no longer about protecting the environment – they are about protecting corporate interests. So the corporations who are dumping toxins that cause cancers, respiratory distress, and countless other ailments are getting away scot free while we struggle to survive. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.   Link – https://www.courthousenews.com/epa-prosecution-of-egregious-pollution-cases-at-a-30-year-low/ Become a member today!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWIEbibRcZav6xMLo9qWWw/join Support us by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon, and help keep progressive media alive!: https://www.patreon.com/TheRingofFire Spread the word! LIKE and SHARE this video or leave a comment to help direct attention to the stories that matter. And SUBSCRIBE to stay connected with Ring of Fire's video content! Support Ring of Fire by subscribing to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/theringoffire Be sociable! Follow us on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RingofFireRadio Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RingofFireRadio Google+: http://plus.google.com/118415831573195648557 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ringoffirenetwork/ Follow more of our stories at http://www.TROFIRE.com Subscribe to our podcast: http://www.ROFPodcast.com *This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos. You know, there's probably never been a better time in the entire history of the United States than right now to be a corporation. I India got a massive tax cut that saving millions of dollars every single year. You've paid off just about everybody that you need to pay off running this country and in return they have given you everything you could ever want. Now I've mentioned in the past how white collar criminal prosecutions under this current administration have absolutely dropped off the map. Well, it goes even further than that because in addition to not prosecuting regular white collar criminals, you know the kinds of on Wall Street who liked to steal our money and then pay a tiny fine to get out of it. But environmental enforcement under the trump administration, a prosecution has fallen 60 percent in just the last year. The EPA has had 60 percent fewer prosecutions last year in 2018. Then they did the previous year in 2017, 72 percent fewer prosecutions. That occurred in 1988 when we had republicans running the show. But that was a different breed of Republican, wasn't it? I mean, that was 30 years ago. Now we've got a different breed of republican and that's what's so terrifying. It's not that environmental crimes have plummeted. No, they're actually getting worse. They're getting more creative, they're getting more deceptive and their chemicals are getting more destructive for the human body. So that's not why prosecutions have dropped off. Prosecutions have dropped off because the current incarnation of the Republican party running our government doesn't believe that we should punish them. They don't want these corporate polluters who also happen to be massive campaign spenders to ever feel like they're trying to hurt their bottom line or make them pay a little bit money or gosh darn it, make them feel bad about giving entire communities cancer. Those things happen in the United States. Literally, entire communities develop cancer from the toxins put out there by corporate America. And here we are today sitting with an EPA that doesn't even want to prosecute him. Now, the reason I brought up the 19, 88 fact that, uh, we're down 72 percent in prosecutions that we were back then is because here's the thing. Even Reagan and Bush Sr admitted that climate change was a threat to the United States. George Hw Bush actually had his government craft a plan to figure out how to address this problem. He had the Pentagon look into it as a potential national security issue and they wanted to address this. They were not in office long enough to address it and maybe they wouldn't have addressed it even if they had won that second term. But nonetheless, there was a time in this country when Republicans, when the issue of science on climate change wasn't divisive.
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Changes in Mining Regulations
 
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In-depth piece on the political controversy surrounding new proposed changes in coal mine regulations. Washington, DC Correspondent for WTVW-TV Local 7 News, Evansville, IN. Shot, written, and edited by Veronica Rohrmoser. July 2011. Video courtesy of the US Department of Labor and the United Mine Workers of America. INTRO: A NEW PROPOSAL TO BETTER PROTECT THE HEALTH OF COAL MINERS IS KICKING UP DUST ON CAPITOL HILL. CONGRESSMAN LARRY BUCSHON'S FIRST BILL SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE CHALLENGES THE SCIENCE BEHIND NEW PROPOSED REGULATIONS TO PROTECT MINE WORKERS FROM DEVELOPING BLACK LUNG DISEASE. THE NUMBER OF CASES HAS DOUBLED IN THE LAST DECADE AND IS AFFECTING A GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNGER WORKERS. THE PROPOSAL DECREASES THE STANDARD FOR THE AMOUNT OF DUST PARTICLES IN THE AIR BY 75 PERCENT...LOCAL 7'S VERONICA ROHRMOSER...EXPLORES HOW THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS—AND THE BILL TO BLOCK THEM—WILL AFFECT LOCAL COAL MINERS.
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about open pit coal mines in pakistan
 
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The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor:  What Fusion Wanted To Be
 
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Google Tech Talks November 18, 2008 ABSTRACT Electrical power is, and will increasingly become, the desired form of energy for its convenience, safety, flexibility and applicability. Even future transportation embraces electric cars, trains, and chemical fuel production (jet fuel, hydrogen, etc.) based upon an abundant electrical supply. Although existing energy sources can and should be expanded where practical, no one source has shown to be practical to rapidly fulfill the world's energy requirements effectively. Presently there is an existing source of energy ideally suited to electrical energy production that is not being exploited anywhere in the world today, although its existence and practicality has been know since the earliest days of nuclear science. Thorium is the third source of fission energy and the LFTR is the idealized mechanism to turn this resource into electrical energy. Enough safe, clean energy, globally sustainable for 1000's of years at US standards. This talk is aimed at explaining this thorium energy resource from fundamental physics to today's practical applications. The presentation is sufficient for the non-scientist to grasp the whole subject, but will be intriguing to even classically trained nuclear engineers. By providing the historical context in which the technology was discovered and later developed into a power reactor, the story of thorium's disappearance as an energy source is revealed. But times have changed, and today, thorium energy can be safely exploited in a completely new form of nuclear reactor. The LFTR is unique, having a hot liquid core thus eliminating fuel fabrication costs and the need for a large reactor. It cannot have a nuclear meltdown and is so safe that typical control rods are not required at all. This design topples all the conventional arguments against conventional energy sources in such areas as: * Waste Production * Safety * Proliferation * Capital Costs and Location * Environmental Impact * Social Acceptance * Flexibility * Grid Infrastructure * Efficiency Should America take this step toward a New Era in Nuclear Energy Production? Hear the case for "The Electricity Rock" and then decide. Speaker: Dr. Joe Bonometti Dr. Bonometti has extensive engineering experience in the government, within industry, and in academia over a 25-year career. Recently completing an assignment as the NASA Chair Professor at the Naval Post graduate School, he supported a ship design study that utilized advanced nuclear power derived from thorium. Working at NASA for ten years as a technology manager, lead systems engineer, nuclear specialist, and propulsion researcher, he lead several NASA tiger teams in evaluating the Nuclear System Initiatives fission demonstration vehicle and missions. He managed the Emerging Propulsion Technology Area for in-space systems, the Marshall Air Launch team, as well as a variety of other power and propulsion assignments and is now the Lead Systems Engineer for the Ares I-Y flight. After earning a Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville, he spent several years as a Research Scientist & Senior Research Engineer at the UAH Propulsion Research Center where he served as a Principal Investigator and manager for the Solar Thermal Laboratory. He has worked as a Senior Mechanical Designer at Pratt & Whitney supporting aircraft engine manufacturing and at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory within the laser fusion program. A graduate from the United States Military Academy, at West Point, where he studied nuclear physics and engineering, Dr. Bonometti served as an officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers; both in combat and district engineering management assignments. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia, and has authored numerous aerospace technical publications, particularly propulsion and space systems technologies. His technical expertise includes nuclear engineering, specialized mechanical & materials research, space plasmas & propulsion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and space systems engineering. This Google Tech Talk was hosted by Boris Debic.
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EPA chief on maintaining a 'diverse energy mix' for America
 
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In June, the Obama administration called for new pollution standards for power plants, and the new EPA administrator, Gina McCarthy, has followed through with a proposal for new rules. Ray Suarez reports on pushback from the coal industry, while Judy Woodruff talks to McCarthy about pollution and energy priorities.
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The cost of a carbon-free future | Counting the Cost
 
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Three years ago, the United Nations commissioned the world's top scientists to find out if global warming can be limited. This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their report, saying that it is possible to limit global warming and prevent a climate catastrophe. The report is seen as the main scientific guide for government policymakers on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global average temperatures to "well below" 2 degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels, while seeking to tighten the goal to 1.5C. "The report maps out how much worse it would be if we get to 1.5C, how much worse again if we get to 2C. Some of those numbers are striking," says Michael Grubb, professor of energy and climate change at University College London. "The report estimates that with 1.5C warming we'll lose something like 70-90 percent of the world's coral reefs. If it goes up to 2C, then we're talking about [losing] 99 percent. Those kind of statistics give you a sense of what we're dealing with, similar to the change of the Arctic ice." The IPCC says we can limit global warming and prevent a climate catastrophe - but there is a deadline. One which critics say is not technologically feasible or economically practicable. Meeting the 1.5C target will require a 45-percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030 and building a global net zero carbon emissions economy by 2050. If you're putting money into coal power stations or mines, you're taking a huge strategic risk on all fronts. Michael Grubb , professor of energy and climate change, University College London Melissa Price, the Australian environment minister, was quick to respond to the report, saying she's more focused on bringing down electricity prices than phasing out coal. Of all the different types of fossil fuel, coal produces the most carbon dioxide - and Australia is the world's biggest producer. "In terms of any investors listening, my first advice would be, if you're putting money into coal power stations or mines, you're taking a huge strategic risk on all fronts," says Grubb. "Whether it's local air pollution, global, the general pressures, coal is the first in the line of fire, and we've seen dramatic reductions in the UK, much of Europe, and even North America." As things stand, decarbonising the world's electricity system fast enough to meet the IPCC's targets would involve, at the very least, global consensus, a major paradigm shift, and trillions of dollars. "One of the big changes in the political dynamics in the last 10 years has been the Chinese position. They're emitting substantially more now than the United States. But what has really shifted the politics in China has been local air pollution," says Grubb. "What we see is a tremendous drive from the central government to try and close down old and inefficient coal power stations, put clamps on what had been a massive programme of coal power station construction." "Beijing has basically banned coal burning in its regions and is now set to ban petrol-driven cars because of the local air pollution. What I see is a big shift in terms of both its energy policy and its geopolitical positioning to say, 'Of course, China has to be part of the solution and we intend China to do well by being involved in the emerging clean technology businesses'." Also on this episode of Counting the Cost: Africa's cities: Africa's population of roughly 1.1 billion is expected to double by 2050, with more than 80 percent of that growth occurring in cities. The UN projects that 10 of the world's fastest-growing cities over the next 17 years will all be in Africa. Eight African cities are expected to more than double in population size in the next few years. The continent's top three fastest-growing cities are Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Kinshasa. "On the good side, as these cities will get bigger, they'll have a more conglomeration of benefits that potentially can increase productivity that cities offer. We know that in Africa that families moving to big cities probably double their household incomes and job opportunities for all the people in the household. But the challenge is being able to manage that population growth and have livable cities," says Vernon Henderson of the London School of Economics. More from Counting the Cost on: YouTube - http://aje.io/countingthecostYT Website - http://aljazeera.com/countingthecost/ - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
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Trump Propping Up Dying Coal Industry With Your Money
 
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Swampers want more swamp money, and Trump’s going to give it to them. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Josh Fox, and Joe Sandberg, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. To get even more TYT in your life, go to https://TYT.com/app and download our free app! "Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Friday mocked reports that President Trump is considering a plan to prolong the use of struggling coal and nuclear plants, saying he eagerly awaits the administration's regulations to protect pagers, fax machines and Blockbuster. “I eagerly await the administration’s regulations protecting pagers, fax machines, and Blockbuster,” Schwarzenegger tweeted, citing a report that the Trump administration may order grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants that are at risk of closing. The report cites a memo directing the Energy Department to instruct grid operators to buy power from a source contained on a list of designated plants. Hours after the report was published, the White House announced that Trump ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to preclude the closures of coal and nuclear power plants.”* Read more here: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/390297-schwarzenegger-mocks-trump-for-helping-coal-industry-protect-pagers Hosts: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Josh Fox, Joe Sandberg Cast: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Josh Fox, Joe Sandberg *** The Largest Online News Show in the World. Hosted by Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian. LIVE STREAMING weekdays 6-8pm ET. http://www.tytnetwork.com/live Subscribe to The Young Turks on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=theyoungturks Like The Young Turks on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theyoungturks Follow The Young Turks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/theyoungturks Buy TYT Merch: http://www.shoptyt.com Download audio and video of the full two hour show on-demand + the members-only post game show by becoming a member at http://www.tytnetwork.com/join/. Your membership supports the day to day operations and is vital for our continued success and growth. Young Turk (n), 1. Young progressive or insurgent member of an institution, movement, or political party. 2. A young person who rebels against authority or societal expectations.(American Heritage Dictionary)
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Support Minnesota's Iron Mining Industry
 
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The Iron Ore Alliance is a joint initiative between the United Steelworkers and U. S. Steel. We are working together to share the story of how important the company’s iron ore business is to Minnesota, because we want it to continue to grow, create more jobs, and find new ways to advance technology and protect the environment.
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