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Minefields or Coalfields: Should Big Coal Change Name For Mountaintop Removal/Strip Mining?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a new episode of Big Coal Gone Wild last week, coal lobbyists announced their intentions to rebrand mountaintop removal mining as "mountaintop development."

"Roadmaps to New Power" series: Interview with Coalfields Leader Lorelei Scarbro

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Editor's note: "Roadmaps to New Power" will be a series of interviews with activists, residents, entrepreneurs and industry analysts about current pla...

Lisa Jackson's Choice on Dec. 1st: Crucify Appalachia or Stand Up to Big Coal Lobby

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

No one in Washington, DC--outside of President Obama--will determine the future of clean water and health care in the Appalachian coalfields more than...

Amanda Terkel

Shadowy West Virginia Group Airs Ad Warning Of Congressman's Outreach To Arab-Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) is the target of a well-funded attack campaign by a conservative nonprofit called the West Virginia Conservative Foundation...

Imminent Danger: Black Cross Movement Hits Big Coal Giants and Global Forum in St. Louis and Midwest

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As Big Coal corporate and government leaders from around the world converge in St. Louis this weekend for the Global Energy Future Forum, mysterious b...

Pay Day: Big Coal Lobby/Utility Giant Rake in $1 Billion To Create FutureGen Toxic Dump

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay-off check for nearly $1 billion is in the mail, courtesy of US taxpayers. Too bad the farmers contaminated by coal slurry in nearby Illinois never received such compensation.

Toxic Ashtrays in Our Communities

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

Behind Puerto Rico's beaches, palm trees, white sand and abundant sunlight hours lurks a threat to the health of almost 100,000 residents -- hundreds and thousands of tons of toxic coal ash.

Enthusiasm Gap? Coalfields Rising, Baby (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coalfield residents are no longer afraid of Big Coal or their bankrolled politicians. They're fed up with shouldering the staggering human and environmental costs for our nation's dirty energy policy.

Recovering the Commons: Inteview with Scholars on the Climate Justice Frontlines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Standing at the now infamous 7,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, long-time scholars and activists Herb Reid and ...

Big Coal Tea Party Extremists Circle Wagons in DC Today: Coalfields Left Behind in Ruins

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Now it's Big Coal's turn to pick up the tab for the Tea Party. Under the guise of "celebrating the American coal miner," an infamous Big Coal front lobby group has bankrolled the buses, hotels and meals to bring Appalachian coal mining supporters to DC.

Weekly Mulch: Want to Combat Climate Change? Ignore Congress.

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Congress comes back into session next week, but environmentalists and climate change activists have given ...

Energy Sec. Chu Calls for More Black Lung, Strip-Mining, Coal Ash, Coal Slurry and Coalfield Poverty

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Chu triumphantly told his Big Coal listeners that he would "save coal" by investing billions into still infeasible, prohibitively expensive, unproven and fanciful carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

NIKE Runs Mountaintop Removal Football Ad, Disrespects Coal Miners

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Nike's blatant advertisement for devastating strip-mining and mountaintop removal operation is one of the most offensive images in years.

Strip-Mining and Mountaintop Removal Are Fun! Big Coal Launches New Commercials (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a bold new effort to counter "ill-informed" statements by coalfield residents and addled scientists, Big Coal is launching a new series of commercials to set the record straight.

National Bellwether for Clean Energy and Climate Change: Why Ken Hechler's Senate Campaign Matters

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

On Aug. 28, voters in West VIrginia will not only go to the Democratic primary polls to elect a new US senator, they will determine whether Congress will be chained to Big Coal lobbyists for the next generation.

SOS: Day 12,065 of Mountaintop Removal Disaster: Appalachia is Rising (Again)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

It was on this day in 1977 a liberal president who campaigned to end the strip-mining wars signed the admittedly "watered down" Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act as an act of compromise.

It's the Opportunity, Stupid!

Robert Redford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Redford

A minority of Senators robbed America of comprehensive energy and climate legislation. The officials who steered this turnaround have shown us, and the world, an America woefully deficient in leadership and ingenuity.

As Coal Miners Die and Bulldozers Raze Historic Blair Mountain, Petition Calls for National Registry Re-Listing

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Five areas in the historic Blair Mountain Battlefield in West Virginia are being bulldozed into oblivion by reckless Big Coal mountaintop removal operations.

The Facts vs. The Earth

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

"Facts" are consumerism's best cover-up. It is "facts" that tilt and spin and somersault all the way to climate change denial.

Ashley Judd Needs No Defense: Besieged Kentucky Mountaineers Need More Defenders Against Big Coal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The little sycophants of Big Coal outsiders are yapping at the heels of eastern Kentucky-raised actress Ashley Judd again. This time the barking do...

Coal Ash Chickens: Does EPA Need New Disaster for Hazardous Ruling? INTERVIEW with Elisa Young, Coal Ash Frontlines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Good morning, coal ash piles! The EPA thinks coal ash is "special." Notwithstanding the fact that 25 million tons of the deadly stuff--20 percent ...

Another Violation-Ridden Mine Death, Another "Wildcat Coal Lodge" Baron Scandal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Once again, our hearts and prayers go out to the families of coal miners--this time in western Kentucky--as reports emerge of a mine collapse at the Alliance Resource Partners' Dotiki Mine in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

Green News Report -- April 15, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The First Lady...

Green News Report -- April 13, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Are we gonna n...

JPMorgan Chase Profits from Destruction in Appalachia

Gloria Reuben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gloria Reuben

JPMorgan Chase's success is based, in part, on being the largest underwriter of coal companies that engage in mountaintop removal coal mining, which has turned countless Appalachian communities into ghost towns.