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Coal Dethroned

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Laura Gottesdiener

In the first half of this year, at least six domestic coal companies filed for bankruptcy. In February, West Virginia's Covington Coal fell, followed by Xinergy and Grass Creek Coal in April, Patriot and Birmingham Coal & Coke in May, and A&M Coal in June. But in August came the biggest news of all.

Ordinary Citizens Fight Big Coal in The Last Mountain

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Featuring citizen activists fighting for clean air and water against entrenched interests and corporate dollars, the documentary combines backstory, statistics, and human interest to explain more fully the narrative of where our electricity comes from.

Winds of Change Blow in Coal River Valley, Alpha Energy Takes the Higher Road

Jerry Cope | Posted 10.12.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

The battle over Mountain Top Removal as a method of coal extraction continues to be waged intensely across the mountains and hollows of Appalachia and in Washington DC.

Coal River Mountain Showdown: What Would Judy Bonds Do?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.05.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the anti-mountaintop removal movement continues on several different fronts, residents are simply asking: What would Judy Bonds do?

EPA Guidance on Mountaintop Removal: Acceptable Birth Defects and Cancer Corridors in Appalachian Coalfields?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.21.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The once proud EPA that promised "to protect 95% of aquatic life and fresh water streams in central Appalachia" and defend the Clean Water Act and health of coalfield residents has succumbed to right-wing political and legal pressures.

Environmental Activism: 33rd Mountainfilm in Telluride Focuses on Action

Jerry Cope | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

For 33 years the Mountainfilm in Telluride festival has established an annual tradition of bringing together filmmakers, environmentalists, educators...

Want to End Mountaintop Removal? Support These Tax-Deductible Campaigns, Projects and Films

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Great movements for social and environmental justice come at a great cost for those on the frontlines. No one understands this better than the besieg...

The Webb Abides: Heroic Anti-Mountaintop Removal Activist Wins Prestigious Purpose Prize

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After years of fearless and inspiring work to halt mountaintop removal strip mining, West Virginia activist Bo Webb was awarded one of the 10 prestigious Purpose Prizes today by the Civil Ventures think tank.

NEWS: Arrests, Actions: Blowing Off Thumbs of Soldiers, Blowing Off Mountaintops, Does JP Morgan Chase Fund Crime?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Racketeering: The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) (18 USC §§ 1961-1968) prohibits (1) acquiring, establishing, or ...

Bring Back Van Jones! Blindsiding Clean Energy with Dirty Coal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

I miss Van Jones. A lot of us miss President Obama's former green jobs visionary. That includes coal miners, and residents on Coal River Mountain. ...

Tree Sits, Air Horns and Helicopters: The Fight to Save Coal River Mountain

Morgan Goodwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Morgan Goodwin

High up in the trees near the summit of Coal River Mountain, two activists dangle in the air near a mountaintop removal mine site. Eric Blevins and A...

Heads Up! Massey Energy Now Blasting Coal River Mountain

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

The forecast in Coal River, W.V. now calls for heavy boulders and flying debris. Climate scientist James Hansen has declared it "ground zero in the fight against climate change".

Urge the Obama Administration to Save Coal River Mountain

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Rising above a picturesque valley in southern West Virginia, Coal River Mountain represents the last, best hope for a community resisting the legacy of dirty energy in this part of Appalachia.

The True Impact of Coal Mining

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

Blasting has begun on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, site of a long battle between Massey Energy and local residents who want it to be a site for wind turbines instead of coal mining.

Bomb Appalachia (and Face the Music)

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Theirs is a coast-to-coast campaign to save Appalachia's mountains and streams -- and Appalachians' homes, jobs, and culture -- from the devastating coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal.

Almost Hell West Virginia; Where Is The Obama Administration?

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Coal mining is the Appalachians is the great American tragedy, and every citizen of this country should be ashamed and horrified that we are collectively allowing this to happen.

Arrested in West Virginia -- A First-Person Account

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Appalachia -- one of the few places in the country where both the cause of climate change and its solution can be found in the same location. Mountaintop removal isn't just a local issue, it's an American problem.

Reckoning at Coal River: Media and Nation Must Bear Witness to Coalfield Tragedy This Week

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The human rights and constitutional violations of American citizens besieged by ruthless outside coal companies will be on full display this week to the national media and the nation.

Letter to Senator Robert Byrd: Save My Home

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

If our grandchildren are going to have any future in West Virginia, we must find a way to bring new jobs and life to our mountain communities.

Activists Tout Wind Potential Of Mountain Over "17 Years Of Coal"

The Charleston Gazette | Ken Ward, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"The governor and county legislators have failed to act, so we're acting for them," said one of the activists, Rory McIlmoil, who has led the Coal Riv...

Fighting Climate Change: Not an Obligation, an Opportunity

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

The availability and affordability of renewable energy solutions show that further investments in dirty energy projects such as mountaintop removal are just outdated and unnecessary.