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Two activists tree-sit to oppose mountaintop removal coal mining in WV listen

07/20/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two activists in West Virginia are using a risky tactic to try to stop a mountaintop removal coal mining operation. Becks Kolins and Catherine-Ann MacDougal are sitting on platforms in trees about 80 feet above the ground within 100 yards of active blasting from a mine on Coal River Mountain. Charles Suggs is a former Tampa Bay resident and is a volunteer with the RAMPS Campaign.

Suggs adds that Alpha Natural Resources is blasting dangerously close to a sludge ...

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Florida's Reliance On Coal Is Expensive

05/19/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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A new report from an energy watchdog group says Florida utilities now spend more than a billon dollars a year importing coal from other states.

The report, from the [Union of Concerned Scientists](http://www.ucs.org, says Florida is one of 38 states considered to be a net importer of coal. Report co-author Steve Clemmer says the state is also now one of just 11 spending more than a billion dollars a year importing the fossil fuel.

The report calls on Florida utilities to stop...

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Texas coal wars listen

01/28/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Texas has some of the worst air pollution in the country, but some Texans have been working to change that. Last night a local church showed the documentary Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars. The film shows how politicians and CEOs joined faith based and community groups in opposing the construction of 19 power plants in Texas. Coal company TXU would have built 11 of those plants, but with pressure from the community groups, the company built only three.

There’s about 15 coal plants i...

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Florida ranks third in nation for coal power plant pollution listen

11/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new report released today lists Florida as the third worst state for power plant pollution.

The report by Environment Florida is called “America’s Biggest Polluters: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants in 2007.”

Sarah Bucci is an associate with Environment Florida.

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Dangers of mountaintop removal In Appalachia

02/05/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: a look at the impact mountaintop removal coal mining is having on the people and environment of Appalachia.

But first, three listener comments about yesterday’s program. The first about the interview with author Jim Douglass about his new book on the Kennedy assassination called JFK and the Unspeakable. The other comments were about proposals by the president to limit executive pay for companies that receiv...

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Progress Energy to close coal plants after nukes come online listen

12/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Progress Energy CEO Jeff Lyash announced that his company has agreed to retire its oldest two coal-fire units at its Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County. The shutdown will occur after the new nuclear plant in nearby Levy County is completed.

Progress Energy says by removing the 2 units, it will be be the equivalent of removing more than 830,000 vehicles from Florida’s roads

Roy Brinkman is the Energy Issue Chair with the Sierra Club of Florida. He has mixed feelings...

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Martinez discusses energy and the economy listen

10/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two of the most pressing issues of this campaign season are the faltering economy and the topic of energy. Inside a cruise terminal at the Port of Tampa this afternoon, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Electric and the University of South Florida hosted a forum on those topics.

Republican Sen. Mel Martinez led a panel discussion about how the economy and energy are related. Martinez said America’s energy future includes a range of sources, including drilling in the Arctic Na...

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