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VIDEO UPDATE: Coalfield Uprising Grows: Will Feds Take Down WVA's Embarrassing DEP?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The failed West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is emerging as an embarrassingly pro-coal anti-mountain public relations nightmare.

This Little (Coal-Fired) Light of Mine: Will President Heed 45 Million Prayers?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

August 3rd should be a national day of atonement for our sins against the American mountains and mountaineers.

Jimmy Carter's Next Urgent Mission: Polarized Appalachian Coalfields

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Mountaintop removal has ripped out the roots of the Appalachian culture, and depopulated and left historic mountain communities in poverty and ruin.

From the Senate to the WV Coalfields, a Pivotal Week for Mountaintop Removal

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This has been a game-changing week in the fight to end mountaintop removal. We will undoubtedly look back on the events of the past few days as a turning point in the struggle to end this incredibly destructive form of coal mining.

Lobbyists on a Roll: Gutting Reform on Banking, Energy, and Health Care

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Remember all that change Americans voted for in November? Well, there's been a change in the plans for change. The detour has come courtesy of a familiar nemesis: DC lobbyists.

Old Habits Die Hard

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

And although we are seeing real leadership from the Obama administration on coal issues, Big Coal implanted itself deep in the federal bureaucracy during the Bush years, and it still has powerful allies it can call on.

Big Coal Writing House GOP Talking Points on Clean Energy Bill

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

Big Coal is writing the talking points for the House GOP that attack the American Clean Energy & Security Act, coming up for a vote as soon as next week.

Dick Cheney: The Quintessential Villain of the American West

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

Sadly, in both the Old West and the new West, the big boys in the smoke-filled rooms always need a Dick Cheney.


Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

I hope that the Sierra Club continues to support the new proposed bill more enthusiastically than they have the "greenwashing" efforts of their shot-gun bride, Clorox Corporation.

Debate: Roberts v. 'Clean Coal' Flack Joe Lucas

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

There was an online debate between me and Joe Lucas, spokesflack for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. When he received my questions, he ran off like a pansy.

They Are Trying to Steal Your Future

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Oil and coal are not about to let clean energy get to market without a fight. And Congress is so used to thinking of energy policy in terms of which regions produce which fuels that they are getting a hearing.

Newt King Coal & Other Big Oil Buffoons

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

This week, the defenders of dirty energy really, really outdid themselves in their efforts to try and derail the clean energy jobs plan currently starting to wend its way through the House of Representatives.

WV House Committee Gag Order: No Stinkin' Green Jobs or Responsible Mining Debate!

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson and a handful of House Rules Committee members have just blocked a resolution for the development of a nationally acclaimed industrial wind farm.

The DC Shuffle; Saving the World From Death By Coal

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

March 2nd was historic -- a shining example of what citizens in a democracy can achieve when united in a common cause: eliminating coal-fired power plants in the US.

"Clean Coal" Merely a Marketing Ploy to Stop Climate Solutions

Brian Hardwick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian Hardwick

Why is the coal industry spending tens of millions of dollars on a marketing campaign trying to convince people they're "clean" rather than actually cleaning up their act?

Dear Obama and Gov. Manchin: Act on Coal River Crisis

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The mechanization of above-ground mountaintop removal has prevented a diverse economy and led to a decrease in coal mining jobs in some of the highest poverty stricken strip-mining areas.

Biggest Ever Civil Disobedience on Climate at Congressional Power Plant

Daniel Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel Kessler

Of all the fossil fuels, coal is the single biggest contributor to global warming; Burning it cuts short at least 24,000 lives in the U.S. annually.

Coal Waste in Rep. Nick Joe Rahall's Water

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

The coal industry doesn't want any regulation on coal waste, because it would hurt their corporate profits.

Blago's Symbolic Parting Gift to Dirty Coal: Will Obama Follow?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Impeachment notwithstanding, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill this week that will send another $18 million down the "clean coal" rabbit hole in Illinois. The delusional symbolism couldn't be more obvious.

New Media Keeping Coal Ash Spill from Drowning in the Muck (VIDEO)

Sandra Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Diaz

Volunteer organizations and individuals were largely responsible helping inject this disaster into the national media. I am hopeful we will see even more examples of this new media from the impacted residents.

Household Trash is Managed Better Than The TVA's Coal Ash

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

While your municipal government does a good job of handling your trash, the Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to protect Americans from hazardous waste. Coal ash fits the bill.

Why TVA Coal Investigation Matters: Interview with Former MSHA Investigator

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

When wildfires consume beautiful homes in California, it headlines the evening news. But when thousands of people go without water for weeks in Appalachia, it's not "newsworthy."

Ash Christmas: Yesterday's TVA Coal Disaster is Toxic Wake Up Call to Nation

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal ash contains mercury, lead, and arsenic. Nearly 800 Olympic-size swimming pools of that toxic mix are flowing into the waterways of Tennessee right now.

Dear Carol Browner: Dirty Coal Will Turn Green Recovery Gray

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The incoming Secretary of Energy will have the choice of committing billions of dollars to relaunch the shipwrecked FutureGen coal-fired plant, or allocating that amount of funding to launch a sustainable wind or solar clean jobs project in the same Illinois area.

Why Raul Grijalva Matters at Interior: Black Mesa Nightmare Redux

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

For the sake of a balanced approached to mining, indigenous rights, and environmental concerns, let's hope U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva takes the reins at the Department of the Interior.