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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.