Tag: coal

Bluegrass Song “Keep Your Dirty Lights On” Sings Against Dirty Coal

MAY 7, 2014 – Bluegrass is not really known for its activism, but there are a few songs here and there, and many sing about the plight of the poor, common man. One new bluegrass song, "Keep Your Dirty Lights On" by bluegrass musicians Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, sings against dirty coal. But is not just your typical bluegrass song telling the plight of a coal miner. This song specifically uses the word "dirty" and "green", obviously references to the silly "clean coal" propaganda code word invented by coal companies hilariously implying that coal could ever be "clean" (What's next? Gentle rape?) and the "green movement". The song's lyrics go:

Every time they have elections, they talk about how coal is clean
Well coal is cheap but coal's still black, It ain't never turning green
So plug your electric car in, charge it and be gone
Do your shopping online, we'll get you every time

So we can keep your dirty lights on

Watch a video of Tim and Darrell performing "Keep Your Dirty Lights On" below at the in-house studio of WAMU Bluegrass Country here in DC recently.  (photo credit: Takver/Flickr/CC)

Louise Mosrie – “Battle of Blair Mountain”

August 19, 2013 – After posting about the oft forgotten battles (literally!) for worker's rights at the turn of the century in this country, a JTMP supporter passed on this great song about the struggles in the song, "Battle of Blair Mountain", played by Louise Mosrie. Great stuff….watch her perform it live below.

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GenOn to Close Coal Fired Plant in Virginia by 2012

GenON, an electrical utility company based in Virginia, has announced they are closing a coal-fired plant by October of 2012. They are closing this plant after tremendous pressure from citizen grassroots organizations and politicians from the area. Rep. Jim Moran (D VA) and DC Mayor Gray have worked hard and spoke out against the pollution caused by GenOn's plant in Alexandria, Virginia. In a statement, Rep. Jim Moran said, “This was a long fought but well won victory for the citizens of Alexandria and the nation's capital. What once was the largest stationary source of air pollution will be no more. Through citizen involvement and committed city officials, the Potomac River Generating Station and its 1949 coal-fired boilers will finally be shuttered.”

Read more here.

Justice Though Music was at the recent Power Shift 2011 rally and march, which stopped in front of GenOn's DC headquarters, where protesters chanted "Gen Off! Gen Off!" The video is below.