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Rand Paul on Kentucky Coal Plunder: "I Don't Think Anyone's Going to Be Missing a Hill or Two." (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a 2009 interview, Paul erroneously claims that "a lot of the land is desirable once it gets flattened out...Some people like the flat land, and some of it apparently has become rather valuable." Wrong again.

Mountaintop Removal: Reclamation Fail

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Mountaintop removal has yielded little economic development on reclaimed mine lands in Appalachia, despite the abundance of landscapes available for post-mining economic activity.

Mountaintop Removal Redux: Bobby vs. Blankenship II

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

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In a reprise of the debate between NRDC's Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship over mountaintop removal coal mining, the Washington newspaper The Hill published dueling pieces by both adversaries in today's edition. 

Daily Scandal: Free Big Coal Window Ads in Inhofe and Senate Enviro Committee Office? (Photos)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and his staff on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are reportedly providing free window space for Big Coal ads in our taxpayer financed federal buildings.

Green Concert of the Year: Dave Matthews Headlines Music Bash to End Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

"The green rolling hills of West Virginia Are the nearest thing to heaven that I know But someday I'll go back to west Virginia To the green rolling h...

NRDC Presents "Music Saves Mountains" Concert

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

On May 19th at 8pm a star-studded line-up will take the stage at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium for the Music Saves Mountains concert, presented by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Jeff Biggers Reveals Coal's Dirty Secrets From the Heartland

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

We must insist that coalfield communities get their fair share of clean energy jobs, and clean energy investments, not just the crumbs. Committing to a coal free future begins in the coalfields.

NEWS: Arrests, Actions: Blowing Off Thumbs of Soldiers, Blowing Off Mountaintops, Does JP Morgan Chase Fund Crime?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Racketeering: The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) (18 USC §§ 1961-1968) prohibits (1) acquiring, establishing, or ...

Shades of Praise and Prejudice for the Movie Precious

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

Any work of art, film, or music that provokes deeper awareness of our differences and similarities, can make a dent in the usual lack of dialogue.

Obama's Rope-Line Debate on Coal

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

As the dirtiest and the most abundant of fossil fuels, coal is a dangerous bridge to a clean energy economy. How has the president who vowed to restore America's leadership on climate change become coal's First Friend?

Amazing Video: Coal Miners Join Historic Rallies to End Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal miners are uniting with citizens and environmental groups with an unequivocal message to the world: End mountaintop removal now, and launch a just transition for clean energy jobs in the coalfields.

Appalachia Gas Drilling Yields A Foul Byproduct

AP | MARC LEVY and VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A drilling technique that is beginning to unlock staggering quantities of natural gas underneath Appalachia also yields a trou...

BREAKING: Tree-Sitters Shut Down Infamous Mountaintop Removal Operation; TVA Cops Strike Again

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Perched on 60-foot-high platforms in tulip poplar and oak trees, three nonviolent tree-sitting protestors associated with Climate Ground Zero and Moun...

Colbert Report Takes Down Big Coal: Save the Endangered Hillbilly (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Goodbye purple mountain's majesty--here comes Patriot Coal! Last night on the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert hosted scientist Margaret Palmer in a...

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

In 2009, for the first time in more than six years, no new coal-fired power plants broke ground.

Interior Department Comes Out Strong (Rhetorically) on Mountaintop Removal

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Interior doing its job by pledging to crack down on mountaintop removal? That's certainly welcome news. Aye, but there's a rub.

Heads Up! Massey Energy Now Blasting Coal River Mountain

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

The forecast in Coal River, W.V. now calls for heavy boulders and flying debris. Climate scientist James Hansen has declared it "ground zero in the fight against climate change".

Big Coal Running Attack Ads Against "Tree Hugging Extremists"

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Massey Energy, a large coal producer in the country is running political-style attacks in West Virginia claiming that "tree hugging extremists and self-serving politicians" are killing jobs.

Friends of Coal vs. Friends of Wood

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

I don't know Chris Chanlett, but I like his style. A self-described farmer and landscaper, he writes in the Charleston Gazette about his unique perspective on the "coal war" being waged in Appalachia.

Urge the Obama Administration to Save Coal River Mountain

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Rising above a picturesque valley in southern West Virginia, Coal River Mountain represents the last, best hope for a community resisting the legacy of dirty energy in this part of Appalachia.

Irreparable Damage: Senate Must Block OSM Nominee Pizarchik Today

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Given the irreparable damage of his mining record, Pizarchik's entrenched support of the coal industry suggests that the OSM would continue its decades-old tradition of lawlessness and betrayal of coalfield residents.

Obama's First Year a Good One for the Environment

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

As someone who spent considerable time tracking every good, bad, and ugly environmental action by the Bush administration, I can say without a doubt that things are looking a whole lot brighter under the new regime.

Country Stars Come Out Against Mountaintop Removal

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

It is time to save the Appalachians from mountaintop removal coal mining. Music Saves Mountains just may mark the swan song for this horrendous crime against nature and our heritage.

It's Time For Mountaintop Removal To Stop

xxXGloria RubenXxx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
xxXGloria RubenXxx

Big coal has busted up the unions, impoverished communities, and lined the pockets of state politicians and judges. It's time for this to stop.

In the Name of Rosa Parks: Arrest of 81-Year-Old on Fast, Mourning Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

On the anniversary of Rosa Parks' historic act of civil disobedience, an 81-year-old veteran and anti-mountaintop removal activist was arrested by law enforcement authorities.