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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. 

Country Stars Come Out Against Mountaintop Removal

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

It is time to save the Appalachians from mountaintop removal coal mining. Music Saves Mountains just may mark the swan song for this horrendous crime against nature and our heritage.

Friends of Coal vs. Friends of Wood

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

I don't know Chris Chanlett, but I like his style. A self-described farmer and landscaper, he writes in the Charleston Gazette about his unique perspective on the "coal war" being waged in Appalachia.

Facing Coal Hard Facts at Interior Department

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

The Interior Department could -- and should -- have published proposed changes right away and proceeded straight to public input.

Interior Department Comes Out Strong (Rhetorically) on Mountaintop Removal

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Interior doing its job by pledging to crack down on mountaintop removal? That's certainly welcome news. Aye, but there's a rub.

Obama's First Year a Good One for the Environment

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

As someone who spent considerable time tracking every good, bad, and ugly environmental action by the Bush administration, I can say without a doubt that things are looking a whole lot brighter under the new regime.

Mountaintop Removal: FAIL

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

It remains nearly impossible to functionally replace a mountain whose ecological niche was 400 million years in the making.

Defending Dolly from Big Coal Bullies

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

This misguided boycott is akin to a neighbor refusing your dinner invitation unless you agree to let him burn down your house afterwards.

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.

Army Corps Suspends Streamlined Permits for Mountaintop Removal

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

The true test of the administration's new policy toward mountaintop removal is whether rigorous regulatory review will deliver on the promise of greater environmental protection.

Appalachia's Own 'Resource Curse'?

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Coalfield communities "are weaker than the rest of the state, weaker than the rest of the region, and weaker than the rest of the nation," says West Virginia University researcher Michael Hendryx.

Supreme Court Ruling Has Implications for Mountaintop Removal

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

It does not bode well that the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled 6-3 in favor of treating America's waterways like dumps.

Green Jobs the Cure for Appalachia's Blues

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Kentuckian Erik Reece postulates an interesting theory about the source of all the unhappiness in Kentucky and Virginia: coal.

Music Stars on Mountaintop Removal: Keep the 'Country' in Country Music

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

More that a million acres of Appalachia already have been flattened and over 1,000 miles of streams have been polluted or destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining.

Fools on Mountaintop

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Mountaintop removal leaves Appalachian peaks leveled and left lifeless by the most devastating and senseless stip mining method ever devised. More like moonscapes than mountains.

Making Sense of EPA's Mountaintop Removal Action

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Yesterday was a wild ride on the mountaintop removal front, with many people suffering whiplash from EPA's dueling press releases.

EPA Making Move on Mountaintop Removal

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

According to the following press release issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the agency is weighing in on the federal permit pro...