Alpha Natural Resources seeks to pay executive bonuses of nearly $12 million in 2016, after incurring $1.3 billion in losses last year and seeking to cut health and life insurance benefits for 1,200 rank-and-file employees.
The moratorium comes amidst a string of major coal company bankruptcy filings and increasing federal regulation of fossil fuel emissions.
"Everybody knows we've got to decarbonize and go green, we know that. But we're not ready for it."
The land the mine is on is owned by a guy named Lord Ridley who thinks that global warming is totally chill.
Environmentalists are celebrating the decreasing amount of coal being burnt in the United States — but communities in Appalachia wonder what will help their anemic economies.
In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Neha Shastry speaks with Joe Allen, a lifelong resident of the Navajo Nation, who is worried about living near one of the largest and dirtiest coal fired power plants in the country.
Coming soon: VICE News travels to the Navajo Nation to find out how its abundance of coal is affecting the future of the Navajo people.
Coal accounted for about 44 percent of China’s imports from North Korea — a drop from 48 percent in 2013 and nearly 50 percent in 2012.
A new report reveals that some of the world's biggest "green" financial institutions are bankrolling coal mining through loans and underwriting.