Coal giant exploits the global poor to save its own hide
“The main thing to remember about energy poverty is that it’s less about energy than it is about poverty. Poor people lack economic, social, and political power. That’s why they lack energy access. Building a bunch of big coal plants will no more cure energy poverty than building a bunch of big banks will solve poverty,” writes David Roberts in Grist.
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2014 grassroots anti-coal movements to watch
“Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. Pitted against unimaginable wealth and power and too often facing violence and intimidation, these are the people that refuse to be silent,” writes Nicole Ghio and Neha Mathew from the Sierra Club.
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Indonesian coal lobby urges ‘shock therapy’ cuts to production
“The head of the Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) has proposed that Indonesian coal mining companies slash coal production in 2015 by 100 million tonnes. ‘Coal miners are bleeding with current prices. So, if production volume is reduced, the price will get better,’ APBI chairman Bob Kamandanu told the Jakarta Globe. With Indonesia estimated to produce approximately 410 million tonnes of coal this year, Kamandanu’s nominated target would represent the shuttering of almost one-quarter of production in a year,” writes Bob Burton in RenewEconomy.
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