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Goodbye Massey Coal Dust: Welcome to the Ed Wiley Elementary School!

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Nearly four years ago, retired coal miner and grandfather Ed Wiley walked from Charleston, West Virginia to Washington, DC, asking state and federal o...

Washing Mother Earth's Face

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

It's an extraordinary lesson in civic pride and patriotism that Hispanics, one of the country's most underserved communities, are willing to make sacrifices for the common good.

Mine Safety Hearing: Massey CEO Don Blankenship Won't Appear Before Senate Committee

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The government will start going directly to federal court to shut down mines that make a habit of ignoring safety, the nation's top...

BP, Climate Blues? On Coal River Film Arrives in DC with Triumphant Story of Nation's Most Inspiring, Fearless Activists

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers


Mine Disaster Company Sues Mine Safety Regulator For Allegedly Violating Its Constitutional Rights

Wall Street Journal | KRIS MAHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Massey Energy Co. sued the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and three of its officials Tuesday, arguing that the agency wouldn't approve ...

The F Word: Coal Company Shopping Spree

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Until we see some serious structural changes in the coal industry, it is going to continue doing what it has been doing: trading death for profit.

West Virginia Coal Miners' Bodies Recovered

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA and TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Joe Manchin on Tuesday asked a former top federal mine safety official to independently investigate an explosion that k...

West Virginia Coal Mine Investigation: Federal Investigators To Look Into Massey Explosion

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA and TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal investigators arrived Monday at the West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an explosion last week to begin piecing ...

Like Blowing Up the Alps: Is Swiss Bank UBS the Last Financier of Massey's Big Coal Mayhem?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

And then there was one. Swiss banking giant UBS is now reportedly Massey Energy's last primary financier. Go figure. If any lending institution mig...

Safety Awards That Endanger Workers' Lives

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

BP, Massey Energy and Tesoro all have hauled out plaques celebrating safety achievements to deflect allegations of corporate recklessness in the after...

Lucia Graves

Blankenship, Massey CEO, Insists He Did Nothing Wrong | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Six weeks after the massive explosion that killed 29 miners at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia, Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, still see...

Mountaintop Removal Redux: Bobby vs. Blankenship II

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

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In a reprise of the debate between NRDC's Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship over mountaintop removal coal mining, the Washington newspaper The Hill published dueling pieces by both adversaries in today's edition. 

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 ...

Colorado Medical Marijuana: Legislature Introduces Restrictive Bill As Industry Promises Ballot Measure

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The battle over medical marijuana (MMJ) in Colorado heated up Wednesday as lawmakers introduced legislation that significantly alters the existing med...

Coal Baron Don Blankenship's Crazy Talk on Climate Change

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Perhaps Blankenship's extreme wealth is why Forbes magazine decided to interview him. But what shines through more than anything is Blankenship's extreme anti-environmental worldview.

Stripping Massey: 81-year-old Paratrooper Leads Blockade, Court Hears $85 Million Suit

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Massey Energy's brutal attacks on coalfield residents and the judicial system have drawn national criticism.

Rocker Ted Nugent to Emcee Pro-Coal "Friends of America" Rally in West Virginia

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Cooper

Nugent, whose on-stage antics include wearing a loincloth and inviting President Obama to "suck on my machine gun" will emcee the event, which also inculdes Sean Hannity and Hank Williams Jr.

West Virginia Tourists Beware: Violence Escalates in Coalfields

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

Violence against environmental activists seems almost inevitable in the coalfields this summer as West Virginia politicians ignore the tense situation.

West Virginia Coal Thugs Disrupt July 4th Picnic (Video)

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

Irate coal miners disrupted the annual 4th of July community picnic atop Larry Gibson's Kayford Mountain, the only mountain left in the area that has not been decapitated for coal.

Coal CEO: "I've been around West Virginia long enough to know that politicians don't stay bought"

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Cooper

When it comes to cartoonish coal company eco-villians, no one fits the bill better than Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.