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The True Cost of Coal

(Photo: Emrah Gurel, AP) This week a double tragedy has struck the coal mining industry.

On Monday night in West Virginia, a coal outburst at a Patriot-operated mine killed two miners. And on Tuesday an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Western Turkey  killed at least 245, with hundreds more still missing.

Our hearts and minds are with the miners and their families.

These disasters underscore the horrific cost of “cheap” and dirty energy.  Miners’ deaths such as these are preventable. We call on coal companies to immediately improve labor conditions, and on the governments of Turkey and the United States to strengthen their regulatory oversight of the coal industry.

At the same time, here at Rainforest Action Network, we are reflecting on the less noticed human cost of coal.  Every year, more than one million people die of the air pollution that comes from burning coal. 150,000 more die from the extreme weather events aggravated by climate change–and coal is the single biggest driver of global warming.

All of this points to an obvious conclusion. We must not continue to make these sacrifices in order to produce energy from such a dirty and unsustainable source. Coal is a dangerous and outdated fuel, and in the 21st century we should not be using it to power our homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. It is past time for us to shift our energy production to clean, safe renewable power.

Cargill Losing Minnesota Community Support Over Rainforest Destruction

[caption id="attachment_15528" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Activists chat with Wayzata, MN residents on September 10-11 at the annunal J. J. Hill parade."]Wayzata jjhill[/caption] If a place exists where Cargill has spent the time and resources to look as proper as the front row of a church on Sunday, it's in the wealthy Minnesota suburbs where the quiet giant is headquartered. Unfortunately for everyone else, Minnesota is also the only place (besides the Internet) where Cargill bothers to try and resemble a good neighbor. For the rest of us — from your average American carnivore to San Francisco Bay conservationists to palm oil plantation workers — Cargill is a name as rotten as a recalled turkey sausage. As CEO Greg Page will tell you, Cargill’s in it for the money above all else. Cargill released some updated palm oil commitments in July 2011. The problem is that these commitments are too little, too late. They still don't comprise a solid policy with safeguards regarding climate impacts and labor conditions, both HUGE problems with palm oil. Now, it seems like Cargill is even losing ground in its hometown. Local Minnesota activists attended Wayzata's annual James H. Hill Parade last weekend to distribute a flier setting the facts straight about Cargill and palm oil. Maybe you wouldn’t expect palm oil activists in Cargill’s hometown to be very well received, but they were! Cargill flier on a Wayzata windshield When activists handed out the fliers, they had to actually explain that they weren't with Cargill, but actually taking action to change the company. Only after the activists explained that they weren't with Cargill were people willing to talk with them. And once they learned about the campaign, Wayzata parade-goers (and even Cargill employees) were supportive of the activists' efforts. Multiple people told them to keep up the good work. Well, we will certainly keep up the good work. Thanks Wayzata!

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