Coal Age receives hundreds of press releases every month and sorting through them is normally a mundane task, as few pertain directly to coal mining and processing. More recently, however, there has been noticeable change in those issued by the environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The names of these environmental activists are familiar: National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, etc. The mainstream media considers these groups legitimate sources, but it’s mostly rubbish and filed accordingly.
Since they lost their boardroom seats at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these NGOs have been crying the blues. It’s enough to make a depressed coal miner smile.