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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.