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Appalachia Health Quarantine: Will Feds Issue Protective Respirators to Kids, Families Near Mountaintop Removal Sites?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Over the years, it has been sickening to watch politicians, coal company hacks and sycophantic journalists defer judgment and split hairs over the connections between massive mountaintop removal operations and public health hazards in the same way black lung disease for coal miners had been denied for decades.

Illinois Citizens Sue Feds to Take Over Rogue State Mining Agencies

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the onslaught of the nation's fast-growing coal-mining boom tears across the heartland, citizens in southern Illinois have filed a Writ of Mandamus in Federal District Court against the US Secretary of Interior, in an attempt to revoke the state's control over its notoriously inept and rogue mining agencies.

Pacific Islanders Blockade World's Largest Coal Port

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green

Last week a group of Pacific islanders and Australians worked together to form a flotilla of kayaks and traditional canoes to blockade the world's lar...

Climate Reckoning: My Own Private Coal Story

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.25.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The total destruction of my family's nearby Eagle Creek community from strip-mining was held up as their cautionary tale. The takeaway: Strip-mining more than stripped the land; it stripped the traces of any human contact.

Interview With Wired Appalachian Advocate, Dana Kuhnline

Joe Solomon | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

We chat about Dana's background, stories from organizing in coal country, and lessons from recruiting stories in a place that is rich in storytellers.

UPDATED: Decorated War Veteran/Resident Arrested: Peabody Coal Overruns Rocky Branch, Despite Appeal Pending: Gov. Quinn and AG Madigan on Enviro Justice, Civil Rights?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Despite an appeal over the controversial Rocky Branch strip mine permit still pending with an administrative judge, Peabody Energy defiantly crossed closed public roads and moved massive mining equipment in Saline County yesterday, in preparation to carry out its already violation-ridden and state-subsidized mine operation.

Costly Coal: IMF Shows Why Coal Is Not Cheap

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Energy use is critical for any development, but it can also result in excessive environmental and social negative effects, bearing huge costs to the economy.

Not In My Backyard: U.S. Sending Dirty Coal Abroad

Associated Press | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted en...

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.

One Fish, Two Fish... Dead Fish

Matt Wasson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Matt Wasson

When important recreational fish populations, a growing sector of the Appalachian economy and the health of Appalachian people clearly depend on strong water quality protections, the president's spirit of compromise should not extend to compromising on science.

Death by a Thousand Cuts: Illinois Coal Tragedies Continue

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

With the death toll still mounting at a coal mine in Turkey, another southern Illinois coal miner lost his life this week, along with two West Virginia miners. The state of Illinois, meanwhile -- called out at public hearings for a brewing coal ash catastrophe -- handed out a controversial permit for a Peabody Energy strip mine in southern Illinois.

Rising Tide on Campuses: 7 Wash U Students Arrested Over Peabody Coal Trustee

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Today's action followed a historic 17-day sit-in at the St. Louis campus, where hundreds of Washington University students have joined in a campaign to remove Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce from the Board of Trustees, as part of other demands to cut university ties with the coal industry giant.

What's the Word? Wash U Sit-In Against Peabody Coal Enters Historic Third Week

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Students continued to press demands after a faltering statement released yesterday by Chancellor Mark Wrighton.

Dear Mr. Peabody: No One's Loss of Life, Liberty and Health For Your Coal Profits Is Acceptable Collateral Damage

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the tradition of King and the civil rights movement, students and community advocates at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale also held protests for divestment from Peabody yesterday.

Why the Great Wash U Sit-in Against Peabody Coal Matters: Which Side Are You on?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Will other schools, alumni groups -- and investors in Peabody Energy -- follow the lead of the Washington U. students?

Coal Rush Kids! Illinois Votes to Keep Big Coal in Schools

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While the uncritical media reported that Illinois House members "bemoan the decline of the Illinois coal industry," it's a fact that Illinois is in the throes of an unprecedented and unmatched coal mining rush in the nation.

More Road Blockades of Peabody Coal's Dead End: Judy's Rock Film Chronicles Strip Mine Showdown in Southern Illinois (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While Peabody Energy may have hired a notorious public relations firm to hawk its international ad campaign, a village trustee and her rural farming community have exposed the devastating legacy of the world's largest coal company near its historic Illinois beginnings.

Illinois Residents File Intent to Sue for Federal Takeover of Rogue Coal Mining Agencies

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

What happens when government regulators fail to uphold coal mining laws, in a state of constant violations? No one knows better than residents in Illinois.

UDPATE: Road Blockade Stops Peabody Loggers: Mr. Peabody's Coal Train Ain't Haulin' Rocky Branch Away: Illinois Residents Move to Halt Violation-Ridden Strip Mine

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Drawing a line in the sand on the state's coal rush -- and drawing statewide and national support -- their message is simple: Mr. Peabody's coal trains ain't haulin' our community away.

Breaking: Peabody Loggers Break Ground on Controversial Shawnee Hills Strip Mine -- Without Mining Permit

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

With mounting violations and administrative errors, will Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan finally intervene in the most controversial strip mine in southern Illinois?

Italian Judge Blames Coal Plant For Hundreds Of Deaths, Forces It To Shut Down

Posted 03.11.2014 | Green

Police in Italy have ordered the coal-fired power plant Vado Ligure, which they say is responsible for 442 deaths, to shutdown. The plant is located i...

Should Sierra Club Endorse Coal Rush/Fracking Gov. Quinn -- Or Call Out Environmental Disaster?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Questions abound in Illinois, where coal mining production and its toxic slurry fallout has skyrocketed by a mind-boggling 70 percent during the Quinn administration.

Illinois Strip Mine Showdown Is Last Best Hope for Coalfield Justice

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Isn't it a disgrace enough that Illinois, unlike West Virginia, is greenlighting the injection of toxic and deadly coal slurry in abandoned mines, knowingly jeopardizing the watersheds of residents and farms?

Smooth Sailing: Wind Energy Is Breaking World and National Records

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

it's simply astonishing that Congress still is to renew the Production Tax Credit (PTC), one of the several tax incentives that invest in job creation in the clean energy industry. Just wind supports 80,000 jobs in the U.S., and 72 percent of the equipment needed to build wind turbines is manufactured in our country.

Game Over? Obama Gifts Big Coal $1 Billion for FutureGen in Illinois

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the same days an entrepreneur went on federal trial for fraud over an unproven "clean coal" scheme, President Obama's Department of Energy gave a game-changing approval for a $1 billion gift to continue the unproven FutureGen "clean coal" boondoggle in Illinois.