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Mountain Top Removal

The Undeniable Truth About Coal

Charles Orgbon III | Posted 12.08.2016 | Green
Charles Orgbon III

There are two things about coal that are undeniable: coal has an impact of human suffering, and coal contributes to climate change.

Private Banks Ditching Destructive Coal Investments, International Financial Institutions Need To Follow Suit

Nicole Ghio | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Nicole Ghio

Instead of trying to salvage the outdated, dangerous and economically risky coal sector, we should invest in the booming clean energy sector, where every dollar creates more jobs than that same dollar would in the fossil fuel sector.

Feds Can't Wait on Mountaintop Removal: As White House Hedges, Groups to Sue Obama Over State Lawlessness

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A powerful notice of intent to sue the Obama administration was filed by attorney Patrick C. McGinley for its failure to prepare and implement a federal program for West Virginia's documented oversight and violations of required strip mining regulations. His brief on behalf of several environmental groups reads like a spellbinding rap sheet of an incorrigible offender.

Larry Gibson - An American Hero Remembered

Ben M. Evans | Posted 11.11.2012 | Green
Ben M. Evans

Larry Gibson was perhaps the single most courageous and inspiring person I've ever met. We were lucky enough to spend a few days filming him on his little sliver of mountain in early spring 2008 for our sustainable solutions documentary, YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip.

A Long Hot Summer

Bill McKibben | Posted 09.17.2012 | Green
Bill McKibben

Amidst the deepening drought, the summer's fourth heatwave, and the continued western fires, there's something else breaking out: a siege of citizen uprisings at key points around the country all designed to keep coal in the hole, oil in the soil, gas... underground.

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.

The Last Mountain -- New Documentary Chronicles Coal Mining's Collateral Damage

Michael Rose | Posted 08.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Rose

Maria Gunnoe's fight to stop MTR and transform the Appalachian Mountains into a wind energy powerhouse attracted filmmaker Bill Haney and his partners, who feature her in their documentary, The Last Mountain.

Robert Kennedy, Jr. Climbs The Last Mountain

Alex Simon | Posted 08.06.2011 | Green
Alex Simon

Robert Kennedy, Jr. has carved out a legacy of his own as one of the nation's, and the world's, leading environmental activists and advocates.

Yes Virginia, There Is a P in EPA: Lisa Jackson, American Super Hero

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.27.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Every super hero has a nemesis, and the EPA's Jackson has the 112th Congress under the leadership of John Boehner doing everything it can to stop progress toward fuel efficiency and clean energy.

Climate Action: Part 2 - Down to Business

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Last year, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication conducted a survey of American attitudes on climate change. In one question, it asked who ...

Weekly Mulch: When Will Our Water Be Clean?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Ed. Note: The Mulch is participating in Blog Action Day 2010, an initiative led by Media Consortium member...

A Night in New York

Gloria Reuben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gloria Reuben

Within the last couple of weeks in New York City we've had a tornado that ripped through parts of New York and Brooklyn; sudden, intense storms that eerily turned 23rd street into a river; and now hail.

Daughter of Coal Country Speaks to the Silence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Coal still haunts people here in Eastern Kentucky and scares them into thinking they can't live without it, but watching what's happening in West Virginia, how can we possibly live with it?

Mountaintop Removal: Reclamation Fail

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Mountaintop removal has yielded little economic development on reclaimed mine lands in Appalachia, despite the abundance of landscapes available for post-mining economic activity.

Fighting People You Love For Climate Change

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. (Produced in collaboration with the Appalach...

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".

Big Coal Running Attack Ads Against "Tree Hugging Extremists"

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Massey Energy, a large coal producer in the country is running political-style attacks in West Virginia claiming that "tree hugging extremists and self-serving politicians" are killing jobs.

EPA to Revoke Permit for Infamous WV Mountaintop Removal Mine

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

The EPA is taking unprecedented action to bring to an end the saga of the infamous Spruce Mine, jamming a stake in the heart of what would have been the largest mountaintop removal project in the history of West Virginia.

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.

Killing Our Water: The Hidden Cost of Dirty Energy

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

Perhaps the biggest challenge in changing human behavior to address the reality of climate change is connecting impacts to every day life. But there ...

Private Security Walks Off The Job in Protest; Coal Company Goes Too Far

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Laura Steepleton and Nick Stocks spent the past week tree-sitting 80 feet above the ground in an act of civil disobedience protesting Massey Energy's mountaintop removal site there.

The Clock has Started Ticking on Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

We've just learned that the clock has started ticking on more than 80 new mountaintop removal coal mining permits in Appalachia. The EPA may start approving these permits within the next month.

Coal Companies Destroying, Not Restoring Mountains

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Lax enforcement by state and federal environmental officials means that the mountaintop removal reclamation rarely results in reshaping the mountain to its approximate original state.

Grading a Climate Bill, Part 3: The Top 10 Bogus Statements in the Climate Debate

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Not all the American people are intelligent enough about climate change to know their intelligence has been insulted. It's a complicated topic made more complicated by bogus arguments.

Why I Was Arrested in Coal River, West Virginia

Daryl Hannah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daryl Hannah

Why would I fly across the country on my own dime knowing I would most likely end up in jail in one of the poorest parts of America? Well, have you ever heard of MTR?