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

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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.

Real Conservatives Don't Burn Coal

Mohamed Nasheed | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Mohamed Nasheed

The conservative movement's pro-fossil fuel advocacy flies in the face of free-market economics. Why are we continuing to subsidize highly profitable and polluting fossil fuel firms while choking off support for clean energy? We are not supposed to be the fossil fuel industry's trade union.

What's Really Behind the Alabama Coal Industry's Attack on Pro-Clean Energy Groups? Answer: Market Share.

Gabe Elsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The coal industry's concerns about pro-clean energy groups are more about how the utility industry is threatened by the emergence of affordable renewable energy and their antiquated business model.

Wait, Is This The Future Of Clean Energy?

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green

DE KALB, Miss. (AP) — America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-b...

Free Mike Roselle From Jail: Free Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.30.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Roselle spent Thanksgiving in the Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia with a simple question: Why won't West Virginia Gov. Earl Tomblin simply have his state department's do their jobs and test the blasting dust for harmful toxins?

Illinois' Teachable Moment: The True Cost of Coal, Slavery and Historical Markers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

What gives, Illinois State Historical Society? Doesn't history matter -- at least over the hackneyed phrases of the Big Coal lobby, even if they provided most of the funds for the historical marker?

The Worst Kind of Government Waste: Promoting Climate Change

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is a lot of waste in government spending. It's just a fact we should deal honestly with. But here's where the conservatives get it all wrong: What is wasteful in government spending is when we directly subsidize huge corporate interests.

Coal by Numbers

Michael Brune | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Great news: In the past three years, 150 coal-fired power plants either have been retired or have announced a retirement date. Plant number 150 was Brayton Point in Massachusetts.

Coal Cash, Climate Denial Fuel 'Citizens United 2'

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

Alabama coal baron and conservative activist Shaun McCutcheon has a problem. McCutcheon, a big fan of the Citizens United decision, apparently feels that this existing aggregate federal campaign contribution limit is a restriction of his "right" to spend what he wants on politics.

Illinois Residents Call on State & National Groups to Join Gov. Quinn Petition: Stop Lying to Kids on Coal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.01.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Outraged by the misleading information on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's website for children on coal, former coal miners and citizen groups in the coal country of southern Illinois have launched a CREDO petition to bring the state's infamous coal education fiasco to an end.

5 Things You Need to Know About the Big New Climate Report

Michael Brune | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

There is a lot of bad news: Several effects of climate disruption have accelerated during the past decade, such as the loss of Arctic sea ice, the melting of big glaciers, and the rise of sea levels.

Will Gov. Pat Quinn Ever Take Down His State's Creepy, Deceiving Kids Coal Website?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn makes an admirable push to limit exposure to television for kids in daycare this month, his administration continues to flaunt a creepy, outdated and blatantly deceiving website on coal for children.

Coal's Days of Future Passed

Michael Brune | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

In the 21st century, investing in a new coal-fired power plant makes as much sense as building a typewriter factory. The market has already decided that coal is no longer competitive.

A Dangerous Extremist Aiming for Virginia's Governorship

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.20.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

Cuccinell's anti-science extremism can only be compared to his passion to protect the fossil fuel industry and other polluters. Just consider that, according to the NCLR/Sierra Club survey, for 83 percent of Latinos, coal plants and oil refineries "are a thing of the past." This is irrelevant to Cuccinelli.

Extraction Frontlines Organizing: Interview With Illinois South Founder Dave Ostendorf on Coal, Fracking and Citizens Groups

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

For many residents in southern Illinois dealing with the fallout of a sanctioned coal and fracking rush, the time has come to revamp the historic Illinois South organization and its role in providing impacted residents with a voice in state and federal regulatory matters.