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John Grisham's Latest Thriller, Gray Mountain

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Thane Rosenbaum

Since the publication of A Time to Kill in 1989, Grisham has written one book a year, and true to form, his latest novel, Gray Mountain, arrives both on time and with all the thrilling suspense and supple plotline that we have come to expect of this master storyteller.

The World's Most Ambitious Disaster

Michael Brune | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

What a waste -- not just of forests, habitat, energy, air, water, health, and our climate. What a waste of human talent. Watching all this, I found myself contemplating how much could be achieved if all of this effort, ingenuity, and engineering prowess were instead directed toward developing clean power?

Why It's Time To End Mountaintop Removal

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Mountaintop removal mining is an extreme, dangerous act that must be ended, and with this vindication, the president and his EPA must be the ones to end it.

These Photos Prove Nature Is Beautiful, Even When Humans Are Destroying It

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

Sometimes the prettiest things can be found in the ugliest of circumstances. Take human pollution, for example. Don't get us wrong, pollution remains ...

Illinois Ranks As Worst Rogue Coal State: Strip Mine Permit to Serial Violator Stuns Residents

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Whether she runs for governor or not, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan would need nine lives to bring the state's notoriously broken regulatory system into compliance with the nation's most reckless coal industry.

Watershed Victory Against Big Coal Nears! Illinois Town Celebrates Proposed Denial of Strip Mine Permit

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.06.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After waging a tireless six-year campaign in the historic Spoon River region of central Illinois, residents in the small town of Canton are celebrating a state hearing officer's proposed denial of a permit to a rogue coal company for a devastating stripmine.

Have You No Decency, Republicans? Congress Must Censure Extremist Members Over 'Child Porn' Abuse of Coal Mining Witness

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The reckless congressional staff behind this unconscionable act of abuse of power, paid by our tax dollars, must be brought to justice.

"Rape of the Appalachians" Turns 50: What Would Harry Caudill Do Today?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Half a century later, the "rape of the Appalachians" is in full force, carried out through an admittedly failed regulatory process that refuses to abolish one of the most egregious mining practices in U.S. history.

Federal Agencies Unite Against Strip Mine Near National Park

AP | PAUL FOY | Posted 04.07.2012 | Green

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal biologists say a strip mine at the backdoor to Utah's storybook Bryce Canyon National Park will wipe out the southernm...

Keystone Pipeline: Gift Horse or Threat to America

Nigel Barber | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
Nigel Barber

Whatever decision is reached on the pipeline, we need to balance both sides of the debate in a mature way. Yet that may not happen. We are likely to get politics as usual.

Canton Lake Thanksgiving: Residents Rally to Protect Clean Drinking Water from Strip Mine

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.22.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

This Thanksgiving, residents in Canton and Orion Township in Fulton County, Illinois will enjoy the basic human right of clean drinking water -- though, not without a fight.

Canton Lake Debacle: Gov. Quinn, Do You Know Your IEPA Might Permit the State's Most Destructive and Reckless Strip Mine?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

In light of the lack of compliance and violations of Clean Water Act laws, is Gov. Quinn's IEPA making a mockery out of the legal responsibility and moral obligation of the state on behalf of its citizens?

Speak Now Against the Day: TN Activist Ash-Lee Henderson on Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Few activists have put their necks on the line as often as Tennessee activist Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson. She has been one of the most tireless, courageous campaigners to speak against mountaintop removal in Appalachia.

Yes, Virginia, This Dirty Coal Bill Is a Bad Bar Room Romance

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A handful of Virginia politicians appear more intent on providing loopholes to circumvent growing national concern over clean water laws than to protect their own citizens -- and their own state budget.

Sundance: Rage, Outrage, and a Vision

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Larry Beinhart

On every level, coal mining and burning coal for energy is destructive. Watch the film to be outraged. And to be inspired.

U.S. Mining Sites Rarely Redeveloped, Despite Supporters' Claims

AP | DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HINDMAN, Ky. — A short drive up a side road through dense Appalachian forest ends at a vast, flat clearing where a mountaintop used to be. The ...

Educating Rand: "Deep Down" Film Brings Kentucky's Mountaintop Removal Battle to PBS Viewers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While national media attention on mountaintop removal mining has largely been focused on West Virginia, the PBS Independent Lens series will air "Deep...

Black Cross Movement Calls Out Dangerous Navajo Coal Mines (Photos)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the Labor Department made an unprecedented move yesterday to file a court injunction to shut down a hazardous Massey Energy coal mine in eastern Ke...

Enthusiasm Gap? Coalfields Rising, Baby (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coalfield residents are no longer afraid of Big Coal or their bankrolled politicians. They're fed up with shouldering the staggering human and environmental costs for our nation's dirty energy policy.

Big Coal Tea Party Extremists Circle Wagons in DC Today: Coalfields Left Behind in Ruins

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Now it's Big Coal's turn to pick up the tab for the Tea Party. Under the guise of "celebrating the American coal miner," an infamous Big Coal front lobby group has bankrolled the buses, hotels and meals to bring Appalachian coal mining supporters to DC.

Energy Sec. Chu Calls for More Black Lung, Strip-Mining, Coal Ash, Coal Slurry and Coalfield Poverty

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Chu triumphantly told his Big Coal listeners that he would "save coal" by investing billions into still infeasible, prohibitively expensive, unproven and fanciful carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

Strip-Mining and Mountaintop Removal Are Fun! Big Coal Launches New Commercials (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a bold new effort to counter "ill-informed" statements by coalfield residents and addled scientists, Big Coal is launching a new series of commercials to set the record straight.

Profiles in Courage

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Maybe there is some merit to electing to high office senior citizens whose better days in public service are supposedly behind them.

Ashley Judd Needs No Defense: Besieged Kentucky Mountaineers Need More Defenders Against Big Coal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The little sycophants of Big Coal outsiders are yapping at the heels of eastern Kentucky-raised actress Ashley Judd again. This time the barking do...

Reclaiming Earth Day: Guerilla Reclamation Actions in the Coalfields

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Ten years ago on Earth Day, the scene was entirely different here. I stood with my mother and Uncle Richard at the rim of a lunar expanse of ruts and rocks and broken earth. We had to protect our eyes.