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Mountaintop Removal Mining

What It's Like to Live Next to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The Last Mountain shows that people living near these mines pay a high price for America's addiction to fossil fuels.

Earth Day 41 Years Later: Can We Still Afford to Protect the Environment?

Steve Hallett and John Wright | Posted 06.22.2011 | Green
Steve Hallett and John Wright

If environmental regulations are such a burden to economic growth, why do the countries with the strictest environmental regulations tend to be the wealthiest and most stable?

Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement: Interview With Appalachian Leader Bo Webb

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Living underneath a mountaintop removal mining operation in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia, Bo Webb has emerged as one of the most important frontline voices in the coalfield justice movement.

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.

Sundance Explores The Last Mountain

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jennifer Schwab

I came to Park City specifically to view environmental documentaries, as Sundance is well known for its role in premiering important films about social issues. And one of this year's most important movies is The Last Mountain.

55 Cents: The Cost of Big Coal Hubris, Disgraced West Virginian Pols and Betrayed Coalfield Residents

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Despite posting more than $700 million in earnings for 2010, Arch Coal reportedly refused to consider paying an extra 55 cents a ton for coal in order to meet proper EPA and Clean Water Act standards.

Weekly Mulch: With D.C. in GOP Hands, Environmentalists Must 'Fight Harder'

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger For the environmental community, this coming year offers a chance to regroup, rethink and regrow. Two year...

Senator Robert Byrd: An Appreciation

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

As we remember the legacy of Senator Robert Byrd this week, we wanted to note his amazing change of opinion on the issue of burning coal for power. During his final years he signaled that West Virginia must begin to look at a future beyond coal.

Green Reasons to 'Move Your Money': Big Banks and King Coal

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

While taxpayers were bailing banks out of the financial crisis, banks have been busy funding the climate crisis.

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.

Dear Vinod Khosla and Tom Friedman: No Amount of Sequestration Will Make Coal "Clean"

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Even if a coal-fired power plant sequestered 100 percent of its carbon pollution, it would not be "clean."

Beware the 'Hidden' Costs of Dirty Fuels

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

A new study found coal to be the costliest of all fossil fuels -- to the tune of $62 billion a year. Indeed, the damage caused by the nation's 406 coal-fired plants is far worse than any other energy source.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

In 2009, for the first time in more than six years, no new coal-fired power plants broke ground.

This Little (Coal-Fired) Light of Mine: Will President Heed 45 Million Prayers?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

August 3rd should be a national day of atonement for our sins against the American mountains and mountaineers.

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.

'Appalachian Apocalypse': Obama Permits Mountaintop Removal Mining | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Just stop and consider this: Across Appalachia, companies are blowing entire mountaintops to smithereens to get at the thin coal seams below. The comm...

Debate: Roberts v. 'Clean Coal' Flack Joe Lucas

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

There was an online debate between me and Joe Lucas, spokesflack for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. When he received my questions, he ran off like a pansy.

Letter From a Mountaineer to President Obama

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

During your presidential campaign, you declared: "We have to find more environmentally sound ways of mining coal than simply blowing the tops off mountains." That time is now. Or never.

A View to a Spill: Coal Ash Slideshow

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

It's one thing for a group of scientists to suggest turning lemons into lemonade in the case of the TVA spill, but the folks living this nightmare don't seem to like the sour taste. Who can blame them?

Describing the Devastation of Mountaintop Mining

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

We also need to cap carbon and make coal pay its true price so that clean energy can compete with it. NRDC will be working on all of that.

Circuit Breaker: Oval Office Lights Connected to Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

All Americans are connected to the tragedy of mountaintop removal. It's time to start the process of illuminating the White House, and our own homes, with clean energy.

Bank Of America To Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal

Grist | Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

One of the world's largest financial institutions said this week it will phase out lending money to coal operators that use mountaintop removal mining...

Mountaintop Removal Explained By Cartoon

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Mountaintop-removal mining is a method of surface mining that involves lopping of the tops of mountains. The process is most closely associated with c...

Does Obama Have What It Takes To Confront Our Climate Crisis?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

It is a relief that we are now discussing how, rather than whether, to address this global crisis. But will Obama's actions be up to the crisis at hand?

How Much More Damage Can They Do? (And Can We Undo It?)

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Last week's EPA decision to set science-based air quality standards for lead was clearly a fluke -- not a declaration of independence by environmental agency leaders against Cheney and the White House.