What Is the Impact of Coal on America’s Environment, History and Culture?

Why do Americans contribute more heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere than Europeans with similar standards of living? One reason is our dependence on cars, but another, less-talked-about reason is coal. Americans rely on coal for nearly half our electricity. Electrical generation pumps out more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector — cars, trucks, planes, and ships — combined. Today at 1pm and 9pm, a new American RadioWorks documentary goes back to the roots of our addiction to coal, and shows how our fuel choices changed American culture and history.

City Seeks Proposals for Alert System

Following an explosion at a chemical plant in the Rubbertown neighborhood, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has requested a proposal from companies for an alert system that can be used citywide. The request comes weeks after a March 21 explosion at Carbide Industries killed two employees and shut down streets for several hours. “We are moving forward quickly and efficiently to implement the best system possible to keep our citizens informed 24/7,” Fischer said in a news release. Last week, Fischer met with over 200 Rubbertown residents, who complained about a lapse in a notification hotline.

After Explosion, Job Loss Possible at Rubbertown Plant

Federal authorities are still investigating what caused a deadly explosion at a chemical plant in the Rubbertown neighborhood, but operators are also worried about potential job loss. The company wants to rebuild once the investigation is complete, but won’t have access to the building to asses the damage for the next two weeks. Carbide Industries General Manager John Gant says the employees are still being paid, but that could change if they can’t get the furnace fixed soon.

Rubbertown Residents Frustrated With Hotline Lapse

Residents in the Rubbertown neighborhood are upset that a hotline created to alert them about chemical leaks was not updated following a plant explosion in west Louisville. The Rubbertown Community Awareness Line of Louisville is an emergency telephone notification service that was established by Metro Government in 2004. It is supposed to be updated every… Continue reading Rubbertown Residents Frustrated With Hotline Lapse

City Officials to Investigate Rubbertown Explosion, Response

After a chemical plant explosion in the Rubbertown neighborhood that killed two workers, Louisville Metro Government officials are launching a full investigating into the incident and breakdown in communication.

Members of Congress Continue Supporting Measures to Limit EPA

The proposals include: a limit on how long the EPA has to approve or reject mining permits; a block on new carbon emissions regulation; and a call for hearings on the President’s plans to protect waterways from mining.

McConnell Seeks to Stop EPA From Further Regulating Carbon Emissions

McConnell calls such regulations “a back-door national energy tax,” and says they would lead to higher prices for gasoline, groceries, electricity and natural gas.

Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky has filed similar legislation in the House.

Carbon is a common pollutant and is linked to climate change. For more on the science of carbon emissions, watch this video from NPR and Robert Krulwich.