Hidden Costs of a Mainstream Lifestyle

And … You thought it was inexpensive! In our modern world of electric cars, convenience appliances and instant communication, clean, reliable and inexpensive electricity is our everyday lifeline to a high functioning society. Yet, coal continues to generate a significant amount of the electricity used by Illinois residents. In fact, coal-powered electricity is essential to
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New Math for Coal Mine Violations

Read the latest in Illinois coal politics  … The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said that 624 water permit violations “racked up” by one of the worst mine operator polluters in the state would be considered as ONE SINGLE VIOLATION when this agency decides whether or not to renew the mining permit.   Outrage over
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Let’s Talk About Illinois Coal Mining

While much of the country is talking about fracking, corporations such as Peabody Coal and Foresight Reserves LP are quietly extracting coal from America’s Heartland. Strip mining, room and pillar and longwall mining for coal are destroying some of the best agricultural farmland in the world, displacing once cohesive farming communities, and polluting clean water across the Illinois coal basin, which includes the state of Illinois and portions of Indiana and Kentucky.

At the other end of the coal cycle, burning coal is contributing to toxic coal ash dumps, which threatening the health and safety of nearby residents, and destroying our climate.
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Coal Industry Drains $20 Million from IL

A report released today by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Downstream Strategies estimates that in the 2011 Fiscal Year, the coal industry drained nearly $20 million from the Illinois state budget in subsidies and expenditures related to supporting the coal industry. The report, The Impact of Coal on the Illinois State Budget, was commissioned by the Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network, Faith in Place, and Eco-Justice Collaborative.
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