U.S. coal companies that are publicly skeptical of man-made climate change acknowledge in mandatory financial disclosures the widely accepted scientific link between fossil fuel emissions and a warming planet, a Greenwire analysis has found.Sustainable investment advocates warn that such doublespeak undermines the industry's credibility with shareholders. And scientific integrity experts are critical of the coal companies' climate communication strategy, which they argue is detrimental to the long-term health and security of the American people.
A new study from PEW Charitable Trusts shows a decrease in America's middle class.The analysis was conducted by Stateline, a PEW project. Researchers found through the study all 50 states experienced declines in the percentage of middle class households, even as the median income for most states declined.The research also showed the share of a family's income going toward housing state-by-state is generally about 30 percent.With still one of the smallest median incomes, West Virginia's share of households in the middle class in 2013 was 44.7 percent, while it was 46.7 percent in 2000.
Following West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s March 20 veto of Senate Bill 347, a move possibly inspired by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s fierce opposition to the civil rights proposal, gun rights supporters have renewed calls to ouster Manchin from their ranks.Manchin, infamous for his authorship of the Manchin-Toomey gun control proposal, attacked the West Virginia civil bill in a March 12 press release.
Gun owners and Second Amendment advocates can participate in the #BootJoe initiative at bootjoe.com, a website created by the Firearms Policy Coalition to urge gun rights groups to revoke the memberships of Manchin and other anti-gun politicians.
But many of its flaws had been worked out when something incredible happened: The bill was killed by the LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - lobby. LGBT advocates persuaded state senators to amend the charter schools bill to ban specifically any discrimination against students or employees based on sexual orientation.House of Delegates members decided they'd rather ban discrimination for any reason, so they substituted a line simply barring it for any reason that would be unlawful if practiced by a public school.Sounds reasonable. But the LGBT folks raised the roof over the change - and the charter school bill died.
■ CHARTER SCHOOLS — A plan for private-run public schools died after a House committee voted to let the schools reject gay students, teachers and staff.
The charter schools bill had generated criticism from educators who said it would be a drain on the state's public education system, but opposition exploded when a House committee removed language from the bill which protected gay, lesbian and transgender students from discrimination.
Skinner said that while bullying against LGBT students is considered in state policy, there are plenty of other ways that charter schools could discriminate if the amendment becomes part of charter schools law, including during enrollment into charter schools and discrimination against school staff.
Asked about school personnel, Seufer said that decisions by the precursor to the Public Employees Grievance Board established that discrimination based upon sexual preference or orientation is illegal. But under the current version of the bill, charters would be allowed to opt out of the state grievance process.
The nation’s police forces should be the first to rally behind a federal proposal to ban the sale and manufacture of the 5.56-millimeter steel-core bullet. The bullet can be used in newly adapted handguns to provide lethal force to pierce the vests and body armor used by law enforcement officers.Until now, the powerful “M855 green tip” bullet has been legal for use in AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, typically used by target shooters and hunters. But the gun industry’s reckless development of new handguns that use the bullet — criminals prefer handguns over rifles — has led the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to sensibly propose banning it in the name of greater gun safety.
Morrisey on Wednesday said he sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives asking it to not resurrect a recently tabled proposal to ban a specific type of ammunition used by hunters and target shooters.Last week, the ATF announced it was backing away from a proposal to ban the M855 5.56 x 45 mm cartridge after receiving 80,000 comments, most of which opposed the ban. However, Morrisey and other state attorneys general have sent letters urging the ATF to not revive the proposal at a later date.
"This session has been focused on jobs, protecting the ones we have in our coal and energy industries and growing the economy so that new faces can move here, grow here and help us prosper going forward," said Lucas. Republican Party chairman. He claimed that the Republicans "did more for the taxpayers in 60 days than had been done in the last 60 years."
I think that sums it up very well.“It’s mostly been a lot of mean-spirited repeal, taking away from either consumers or workers or wages or from the education system,” Kessler said. “I haven’t seen anything that has created any jobs, fixed a pothole or improved the quality of life in our communities.”
"-- Graduate degree programs." (My understanding is that those programs came with university status - something that was underway before he arrived.)"-- A professional television station run by students." (West Liberty's station was in place long before Capehart became president.)"-- A basketball program that is nationally ranked." (The coach, Jim Crutchfield, was there before Capehart arrived. Unless he's secretly running plays to Crutchfield, I don't see why Capehart deserves any credit for the basketball team's success.)
In the letter, Moyes notes that he is a West Liberty alumnus and at the bottom he lists his affiliation as "Boston University Professor Emeritus.""And in addition, he's given Wheeling the best public relations it ever had, thanks to his movie." (Is Moyes justifying Capehart's unethical/questionable actions because it gave Wheeling some publicity?)
West Liberty University President Robin C. Capehart Resigns
Facing ethics charge, Capehart resigns as president of WLU
West Liberty University president resigns amid ethics probe
West Liberty President Resigns Amid Ethics Review
Capehart has new job at WLU
At a public hearing on this bill held by the House of Delegates, coal miner after coal miner asked the Legislature not to repeal these safety standards. The only supporters of this legislation were coal industry representatives. Not one of those coal industry representatives cited safety of coal miners as their reason for pushing this bill. They cited profits and making coal mines more competitive.The “Creating Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015” will not create jobs. The “Creating Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015” will not make mines safer for our miners. The most important thing to come out of a coal mine is a coal miner. I’m disappointed that many of my colleagues in the House of Delegates do not place the same value on the lives of our coal miners as they place on the profits of the coal industry.
So another coal miner died last night. Sadly, it doesn't get a lot of attention when they die one at a time.
The Kentucky legislature's latest assault in its war on coal miners, House Bill 448, comes on the heels of last year's decimation of state support for mine safety.Budget cuts mandated by the legislature forced a 38-percent reduction in state mine-safety personnel. The legislature also mandated a reduction in safety inspections per mine from six a year to four a year.
And here's commentary by energybiz, a publication for "leaders in the global power industry":Mr. McConnell has insisted for months that Mr. Obama has been waging a “war on coal,” of which the proposed power plant rules are only the latest manifestation. But the real war has been waged by the market and technology, most recently the shift to newly abundant supplies of natural gas.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the newly installed Senate majority leader, is fond of lambasting the Obama administration for its "war on coal’’ and its impact on his Kentucky constituents. Following the latest U.N. climate change meeting in Peru in December, for example, McConnell criticized the administration for its "entire international crusade against coal jobs” and pledged that he would “continue to take the war on coal right back to the president and his EPA with laws aimed at protecting coal jobs. . . .”A review of the commonwealth’s own coal mining statistics shows that the industry has been in decline for years—driven by nothing more than market forces that punish high cost producers. The same market forces that Republicans tend to champion, at least in the abstract.
For our local "newspapers" and a majority of our legislators, market forces don't apply to the coal industry - it's all Obama's fault.
Last week, with little fanfare, PNC Financial, the nation’s seventh-largest bank, disclosed a significant strategic shift. The bank said it would no longer finance coal-mining companies that pursue mountaintop removal of coal in Appalachia, an environmentally devastating practice that has long drawn opposition.It was a big decision for PNC, which has been one of the largest financiers of companies that engage in the mountaintop mining of coal, which involves blasting off the summits of mountains to expose the coal beneath them and dumping the debris into valleys and rivers, which the environmental law organization Earthjustice described as “strip mining on steroids.”
It's tempting to conclude the resolution's authors haven't read much about Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union or Maoist China.Or maybe they have.College and university campuses have encouraged extreme mindlessness for a long time. Many Americans remember the 1960s and early 1970s, when anti-war protests by some students degenerated into spitting on American servicemen. On occasion, "peace" protesters used violence.