Author Archives: John Blair

‘First Protest in Space’ Slams Trump With Astronaut’s Famous Quote

April 30, 2017 by EcoWatch As President Donald Trump takes aim at Earth science with his proposed NASA cuts, the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) has launched the “first protest in space.” The independent space agency, which advocates for DIY … Continue reading






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Sabic Innovative Plastics adds “cogeneration” facility freeing up considerable Vectren capacity

April 26, 2017 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Sabic Innovative Plastics, (Formerly GE Plastics) in Mt. Vernon, IN has decided to partially wean itself from the Vectren grid by building their own electrical and steam generation plant onsite. Their … Continue reading






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It’s Time to Give Air Quality the Attention It Deserves

March 22, 2017 – by Bob Henson in the Wunderblog of Weather Underground.com Each day of every year, a quiet disaster unfolds in households and hospitals across the world. More than 10,000 lives are lost worldwide every 24 hours as … Continue reading






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Clean Coal is elusive and very expensive

March 1, 2017 – by David Schlissel, IEEFA. Editor’s note: Valley Watch and our colleagues, Citizens Action Coalition and Sierra Club have challenged the Edwardsport plant since 2006 before the IURC and IDEM. Sadly, we failed to stop the plant. David Schlissel … Continue reading






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Kentucky Regulators, Industry Reps Privately Rewrote Coal Ash Rules

January 17, 2017 – by Erica Peterson, WFPL Radio Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has finalized a controversial plan to let the state’s utilities virtually self-regulate the storing of hazardous coal ash near power plants. As details about the plan emerged over the past … Continue reading






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There is an easy way for Trump to show he is serious about unity

January 20, 2017 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor I have a suggestion for President Trump. If he is serious about wanting to bring the country “together,” then there is one simple thing he can do to accomplish that.  He … Continue reading






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Kentucky Environmental Agency claims that “media” is misleading the public on Coal Ash issue

December 28, 2016 – by James Bruggers in the Louisville Courier Journal After being the target of critical editorials in Kentucky’s two largest newspapers, Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet fired back Thursday with an internet posting that argues its proposed … Continue reading






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Vectren releases 20 year Integrated Resource Plan

December 20, 2016-by John Blair valleywatch.net editor On December 16, Vectren Corporation the monopoly electric utility that serves much of southwest Indiana released is latest Integrated Resource Plan outlining its plan to meet their electric customers’ power needs twenty years ahead … Continue reading






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A Terrifying Superbug Just Showed Up on a US Farm for the First Time

The bacteria found in a hog operation is resistant even to some of our most powerful antibiotics. December 7, 2016 – by Tom Philpott in Mother Jones More than 70 percent of the antibiotics consumed in the United States go … Continue reading






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Climate talks should consider ‘immediate’ health burden of air pollution

November 18, 2016 Release from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Air pollution is not only causing long-term damage to the planet and human health, but it is already killing millions of people worldwide. In an editorial published November 14, 2016 … Continue reading






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Are you sick? This may be why.

This is where we live. Do you know someone with cancer, or maybe its a heart attack or a stroke. It could be just a chronic but life threatening condition like asthma. Or, as recently studies have indicated, air pollution … Continue reading






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Kentuckians can handle the truth, the coal truth and nothing but the truth

October 28, 2016 – Editorial in the Lexington Herald Leader Give Gov. Matt Bevin’s environmental secretary credit. When asked about the prospects for Eastern Kentucky’s coal industry, he was honest — unlike all the misleading political ads and mailings that … Continue reading






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After nearly thirty years, Evansville Courier Press recognizes the need for safe air in SW Indiana

October 9, 2016 – by the Editorial Board of the Evansville Courier Press. Editor’s Note: Valley Watch has tried many times over the years to get the Evansville Courier & Press to look at the facts regarding the behemoth power … Continue reading






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Valley Watch president, John Blair addresses a rally on coal ash in Louisville six years ago today

September 28, 2016 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. Six years ago today, a hearing was held in Louisville to take testimony from the public on whether to regulate coal ash. Today, the rule is being implemented and should go … Continue reading






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Kentucky Governor Bevin: Hillary’s Election May Call For Shedding Blood Of ‘Tyrants’ And ‘Patriots’

September 13, 2016 – Video from Right Wing Watch






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