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'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.

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...

Black Lung Kills 1,000 Coal Miners Annually. Anybody Care?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

For a Republican-led Congress about to take over Washington, DC, I hope the fate of the coal miners and their families and communities -- and our nation's dependence on dirty and deadly coal -- is not overlooked.

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.

How big polluters bought the 2010 election

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

The dust from yesterday's election is settling and it's already clear that we're about to have the most pro-dirty energy Congress we've seen in a long...

Why Voting Matters for the Climate Movement

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

People in the climate movement -- or anyone who believes in what we're doing to avert a climate crisis and bring about an energy revolution -- can push back on Big Oil and Dirty Coal by exercising their right to vote.

As the Extraction World Turns: Peabody Doubles Profits, 37 Dead Chinese Miners, 70,000 Indian Children in Mines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Peabody Energy announced its quarterly profits have doubled due to international operations. Despite concerns over water supplies, desertification, and workplace safety, they announced an intention to open mines in Mongolia.

Mother Jones Is Still Calling Out Deadbeat Coal Barons (on Coal Miner's Day)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Mother Jones, the miner's angel, may be gone, but Mother Jones magazine just called out International Coal Group -- who gave us the Sago, WV tragedy -- for 20,000 clean water violations.

Rahm, Carol, Tom, Luis and Rev. Meeks: Chicago's Next Green Mayor Will Join Sunday's Clean Air Race

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

All candidates in Chicago's mayoral race have one thing in common: Like millions of afflicted Chicago residents, they're all breathing the same canker...

Washington Post Nails Coal Mine Death Crisis: Big Coal Runs "Clean Coal" Ad on Same Page?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In one of the most bizarre Big Coal public relations ads yet, online readers of the Washington Post today were forced to view a fatuous "clean coal" a...

Imminent Danger: Black Cross Movement Hits Big Coal Giants and Global Forum in St. Louis and Midwest

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As Big Coal corporate and government leaders from around the world converge in St. Louis this weekend for the Global Energy Future Forum, mysterious b...

Pay Day: Big Coal Lobby/Utility Giant Rake in $1 Billion To Create FutureGen Toxic Dump

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay-off check for nearly $1 billion is in the mail, courtesy of US taxpayers. Too bad the farmers contaminated by coal slurry in nearby Illinois never received such compensation.

BREAKING: Mass Arrests in DC: We Shall No Longer Be Crucified Upon the Cross of Coal (PHOTOS)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Over one hundred protesters from the Appalachian coalfields were arrested in front of the White House today, defiantly calling on the Obama administra...

Appalachia Is Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

Two years ago this month, I flew in a helicopter over Appalachian coal country in Kentucky. After we landed and I drove off, I cried. I was in Ken...

Toxic Ashtrays in Our Communities

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

Behind Puerto Rico's beaches, palm trees, white sand and abundant sunlight hours lurks a threat to the health of almost 100,000 residents -- hundreds and thousands of tons of toxic coal ash.

Enthusiasm Gap? Coalfields Rising, Baby (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coalfield residents are no longer afraid of Big Coal or their bankrolled politicians. They're fed up with shouldering the staggering human and environmental costs for our nation's dirty energy policy.

Big Coal Tea Party Extremists Circle Wagons in DC Today: Coalfields Left Behind in Ruins

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Now it's Big Coal's turn to pick up the tab for the Tea Party. Under the guise of "celebrating the American coal miner," an infamous Big Coal front lobby group has bankrolled the buses, hotels and meals to bring Appalachian coal mining supporters to DC.

Where the Climate Movement Gets a Win: Time to Crack Down on Toxic Coal Ash

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

The more concerned citizens speak out, the harder it will be for Dirty Coal to protect their profits at the expense of our health and safety.

Another fossil fuel tragedy. Another reason to get to work.

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

Last week's deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, described by the local fire captain as like "a 747 had landed on us," sends yet anothe...