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'All of the Above' Is No Energy Policy: Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 06.22.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

The Obama Administration has done some historic therapy on America's oil addiction, including new vehicle efficiency standards, but the president's blueprint doesn't lay out the path to full sobriety.

Speak Now Against the Day: TN Activist Ash-Lee Henderson on Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Retaking Capitol Hill This Week: D.C. Strategist JW Randolph on Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Eastern Tennessee native JW Randolph has played a major role on Capitol Hill as one of the top legislative strategists in the campaign to end mountaintop removal mining.

Big Coal WikiLeaks Emergency in Bangladesh: Does Obama Support Removal of 100,000 Villagers?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Earthquake Denial? Why Is Peabody Building a Massive Coal-Fired Plant in the New Madrid Seismic Zone?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Inside the Governor's Office: With Wendell Berry and Other Anti-Mountaintop Removal Protestors

Lisa Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Bennett

FRANKFORT, KY, Feb. 11, 2011 -- Wendell Berry, Kentucky's most famous author and one of America's most respected essayists, is among sixteen protester...

Live at the KY Capitol on Day 3: Exclusive Video Interviews with Wendell Berry and Sit-in Activists

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the sun rose on the Frankfort capitol in Kentucky on this beautiful winter morning, 14 anti-mountaintop removal activists were already in meetings ...

LIVE UPDATES FROM HISTORIC KY SIT-IN: Wendell Berry, Scholars Join Retired Coal Miner, Residents in Kentucky Rising at Capitol (Photos)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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."

Roadmaps to New Power: Interview With Rory McIlmoil, 'Tesla of the Coalfields' on Green Jobs

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Obama Is Whistling Past Coal's Graveyard

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

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.

Yes, Virginia, This Dirty Coal Bill Is a Bad Bar Room Romance

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Weekly Mulch: Can Clean Energy Curb Climate Change? Probably Not.

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger During the State of the Union address earlier this week, President Barack Obama spoke at length about clea...

Missing From the State of the Union: The Clean Air Act

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

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.

Big Coal's Watergate? Nation Watches as Clean Water Act Scandal Rocks Kentucky Court Today

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

According to many observers, the sheer number of fraudulent acts and mind-boggling oversights could turn this case into Big Coal's Watergate -- or Clean Watergate.

SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daphne Wysham

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?

The States of Dis-Union: Will Arizona and West Virginia Join the President or Secede?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

As President Obama calls on the nation to "come together as a people, Republicans, Democrats, Independents," and "find common ground, even as we're ha...

Big Coal's Rally of Denial: Coalfield Citizens Bring Message of Growing Health Care Crisis to State Capitol

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Besieged citizens from the central Appalachian coalfields faced down Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a large crowd of Big Coal lobbyist...

Big Coal's Call to Arms? Should Feds Stop West Virginia Rally from Triggering the Next Arizona?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Breaking: EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Invoking the rule of law and science, the EPA just announced their veto of the 2,300-acre mountaintop removal mining permit at the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia.

Roadmaps to New Power: WMMT Radio Brings Together Coal Miners and Tree Huggers on the Airways

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Reason to Believe in Environmental Justice: Coalfields Hero Judy Bonds

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As we head into another winter of discontent in the coalfields, Judy Bonds always gives me a reason to believe in the still small possibility of environmental justice in America.

India's Coal Rush and Form of Mountaintop Removal: Interview with Jharkhand Leader Bulu Imam

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Despite India's high profile in the recent Cancun climate talks and New Delhi's declaration of its coal free future last year, the rising energy deman...

"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...

Blair Mtn. Thanksgiving: Will Sen. Joe Manchin and Nation Thank Coal Miners or Massey Energy?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As we huddle around our Thanksgiving dinner tables on Thursday, reflecting on the bounty of our nation, recently elected US Sen. Joe Manchin will have...