In President Trump’s recent State of the Union, millions of listeners heard him tout his love for “beautiful, clean coal,” something that, as The New York Times editorial board noted, “remains a mirage” for those of us living within the confines of reality.
Climate change may no longer be a national security issue, but allowing private companies to dig up more rare earth minerals now is.
EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s crusade against environmental regulations claimed another victim on Friday, when the agency announced it would not require mining companies to prove they have the financial assets to pay for cleaning up their sites.
A new study has determined that mining-related forest loss caused roughly 10 percent of all Amazon deforestation between 2005 and 2015. That’s a much higher number than expected, and it highlights how damage from mining spreads far beyond the confines of leases granted by the Brazilian government.