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Governor's Sit-In Day Two: Why Kentucky Can't Wait

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the nation's beloved author/farmer philosopher Wendell Berry settled his 76-year-old lanky frame onto the floor of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office last night, he picked up a copy of The Tempest.

Who Wants to Cash in on Gutting the Clean Air Act?

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

All of us who care about stopping climate change pollution need to stand together and say no. No, you cannot buy our democracy; no, you cannot pollute our air; and no, you cannot overpower us with money.

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.

Will U.S. Taxpayers Be Asked to Finance Environmental Devastation in South Africa?

Michelle Chan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michelle Chan

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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.

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.

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.

Thousands Pay Tribute to Judy Bonds: She Has Been to the Mountaintop--and We Must Fight Harder to Save It

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

She was a tireless, funny, and inspiring orator, and a savvy and brilliant community organizer. She was fearless in the face of threats. As the godmo...

Roadmaps to New Power: Appalachian Transition Initiative Leads Coalfields into New Year--and New Era

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

"Roadmaps to New Power" is a series of interviews with activists, residents, entrepreneurs and industry analysts about current plans and visions for a...

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...

Blackened Pork: Liquid Coal Subsidies Sneak Into Senate Tax Bill

Miles Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Miles Grant

Destructive to mine, water-intensive to manufacture, devastating to our climate at every step of the way -- liquid coal is one of the world's dirtiest fuels.

'Tis the Season for Greening Wall Street

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

'Tis the season for low expectations on climate change and other global sustainability challenges. Yet there's no reason to think our stockings will forever be stuffed with coal.

"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...

Declaration of Clean Energy Independence: We Need a Road Map to a Coal Free Future

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the wake of the worst coal mining disaster in 40 years, compromise and political machinations this spring have resulted in a regulatory crisis of f...

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...

Educating Rand: "Deep Down" Film Brings Kentucky's Mountaintop Removal Battle to PBS Viewers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While national media attention on mountaintop removal mining has largely been focused on West Virginia, the PBS Independent Lens series will air "Deep...

Kentucky Cancels Coal Plant, New Power Movement Electrifies Grassroot Alliance

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Thanks to a growing grassroots movement, a broad alliance of Kentucky activists sent a message across the nation today: A just transition to a clean-energy future, even in the heartland of coal country Kentucky, is possible.