Few activists have put their necks on the line as often as Tennessee activist Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson. She has been one of the most tireless, courageous campaigners to speak against mountaintop removal in Appalachia.
Many are questioning why the Obama administration is covertly pushing for Bangladesh to reverse course and acquiesce to an internationally condemned open-pit mine that will displace an estimated 100,000-200,000 villagers.
Peabody's 1,600-megawatt pulverized-coal plant is being built in Lively Grove, where the the "Big Shake" of 1811, in nearby New Madrid, Missouri, altered the very waterways that will feed into the Peabody mine-mouth operation.
The Kentucky activists declared their intent "to remain in his office until the governor agrees to stop the poisoning of Kentucky's land, water, and people by mountaintop removal; or until he chooses to have the citizens physically removed."
While there is a lot of well-meaning discussion about a just transition to a sustainable clean energy economy in the coalfields, McIlmoil is one of the few who has begun the process of laying out a roadmap.
Climate hawks and world leaders should stick to the truth, knowing it will pay dividends in street cred down the road as human-caused climate change is inexorably, irrefutably and tragically vindicated.
A handful of Virginia politicians appear more intent on providing loopholes to circumvent growing national concern over clean water laws than to protect their own citizens -- and their own state budget.
Obama's version of clean energy includes elements such as the industry-spun concept of "clean" coal, a gaping loophole for a dirty industry hell-bent on reinventing itself with money rather than scientific innovation.
Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn't utter the two words "climate change" once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention "clean energy" several times. But what does that even mean now?
Less than two weeks since the Tucson shooting tragedy, coalfield residents in central Appalachia and around the country are stunned and increasingly concerned about a "call to arms" issued by coal industry representatives.
Appalshop's WMMT-FM, from Pine Mountain in eastern Kentucky, is the voice of the central Appalachian coalfields, offering views on coal mining and politics, and the growing recognition for a just transition toward sustainable energy development in the region.