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The Wheeling Alternative

Reporting the Little Blue Run decision

Sloppy writing/editing or the usual pro-coal company bias?

In the last 18 months, I've written about Little Blue Run a couple of times. (Most recently here.) Located at the tip of West Virginia's panhandle and reaching into Pennsylvania, the First Energy pond is the largest coal ash dump in the country. The pond has produced a host of problems for the local Pennsylvania and West Virginia . . .

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December 01, 2015

Documenting local coverage of the United Nations Climate Summit

From the Associated Press earlier today:

With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc.

Using the . . .

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November 30, 2015

Coal news you may have missed

Robert Murray speaks to a recent fossil fuels gathering in Texas and praises Representative Lamar Smith for "investigating" scientists

Politicus summarizes:

At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event this week where the fossil fuel industry gathered to plot their attacks on the climate, the owner and CEO of . . .

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November 30, 2015

Reading the Tuesday morning Intelligencer

The Murray Energy decision and Wheeling Jesuit panels

Spinning the Mine Safety and Health Administration decision

Word from Murray Energy on how the local "newspapers" should handle an unfavorable court decision apparently took longer than expected. Today, six days after the decision was rendered, the Wheeling Intelligencer finally got around to covering the story. (I . . .

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November 24, 2015

Flunking climate science

Who cares -- it's just a theory

As of 10 AM this morning there were 4250 sources that carried this AP report:

Most GOP Candidates Flunk Climate Science

Not surprisingly, the Wheeling Intelligencer was not among them.

Here is what the AP did:

At the request of The Associated Press, eight climate and biological scientists graded for . . .

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November 23, 2015

Koch money and the corruption of academia

Today's example from the Sunday News-Register - West Virginia University

Your reaction may be similar to mine when I hear or read "Koch money" -- I start thinking about the huge amounts of money the Kochs poured into the last presidential election in an effort to influence the electorate:

With most of the annual tax filings for nondisclosing nonprofits now in, it’s clear that no other . . .

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November 22, 2015

Administrative law judge announces decision against Murray Energy

Are the Wheeling "newspapers" waiting for word from the company on how to spin a loss as a victory?

Two weeks ago I wrote about the suit brought by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) against Murray Energy for not allowing miners to file safety complaints anonymously and how our local "newspapers" covered the story. On Wednesday morning, an administrative law judge announced her decision. As reported by International . . .

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November 20, 2015

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