The big coal news this week included coverage of the major climate change protest in Washington, D.C., focused on efforts to de-coal the Capitol Power Plant.Â Jim Carroll, Washington correspondent for the Louisville Courier-Journal, has a coalfield paper’s take on the event, and here’s an interesting essay by one of the protest’s main promoters, author Bill McKibben.
And the other huge coal-related story was the oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over the West Virginia case involving state Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin’s ties to Massey Energy President Don Blankenship. Here’s a re-cap from The Wall Street Journal.
In The Huffington Post, Jeff Biggers ties all this together — the big protest in D.C., the Benjamin-Blankenship case, and the growing civil disobedience against Massey and mountaintop removal in the Coal River Valley.
And here’s my weekly effort to round up other coalfield and mining news:
— Jobs are scarce and poverty is pervasive on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, but rich coal deposits lie beneath the buttes where wild horses roam, reports USA Today. For decades, many members of the tribe have resisted coal mining. Now, increased demand for coal and the election of a new tribal president who is determined to create jobs are reigniting debate over energy development among the reservation’s 4,500 residents. It’s a conflict between tribal traditions and economic self-sufficiency that has long divided people here and on other reservations across America with coal, oil and gas and other mineral reserves.