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Blago's Symbolic Parting Gift to Dirty Coal: Will Obama Follow?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Impeachment notwithstanding, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill this week that will send another $18 million down the "clean coal" rabbit hole in Illinois. The delusional symbolism couldn't be more obvious.

Coal Ash Crisis Management: What's It Going to Take -- Dead Bodies?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Instead of crisis management, we need to phase-out all wet storage of toxic coal ash, inspect all toxic coal ash storage and disposal units and enact federal regulation of all toxic coal ash storage and disposal.

New Media Keeping Coal Ash Spill from Drowning in the Muck (VIDEO)

Sandra Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Diaz

Volunteer organizations and individuals were largely responsible helping inject this disaster into the national media. I am hopeful we will see even more examples of this new media from the impacted residents.

Native America and Green Jobs: Spring Wind Rising from Sand Creek

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Recognizing that poverty rates on reservations are twice the national average, Native groups called for support to "operate a new crop of renewable electricity generating infrastructure."

Why TVA Coal Investigation Matters: Interview with Former MSHA Investigator

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

When wildfires consume beautiful homes in California, it headlines the evening news. But when thousands of people go without water for weeks in Appalachia, it's not "newsworthy."

Ash Christmas: Yesterday's TVA Coal Disaster is Toxic Wake Up Call to Nation

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal ash contains mercury, lead, and arsenic. Nearly 800 Olympic-size swimming pools of that toxic mix are flowing into the waterways of Tennessee right now.

Dear Carol Browner: Dirty Coal Will Turn Green Recovery Gray

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The incoming Secretary of Energy will have the choice of committing billions of dollars to relaunch the shipwrecked FutureGen coal-fired plant, or allocating that amount of funding to launch a sustainable wind or solar clean jobs project in the same Illinois area.

Why Raul Grijalva Matters at Interior: Black Mesa Nightmare Redux

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

For the sake of a balanced approached to mining, indigenous rights, and environmental concerns, let's hope U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva takes the reins at the Department of the Interior.

Dear Al Gore: Speak Against the Rape of Coal River Mountain

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Dismissing an overwhelming majority of West Virginian support for clean energy, Governor Manchin granted a mining permit revision for proposed mountaintop removal of Coal River Mt.

Obama Appointments: Time for a Coal-Onoscopy

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

If President-elect Obama is truly serious about affecting climate change... then we must end the appointment of coal and other extraction industry executives.

Even a Top Coal CEO Isn't Buying the "Clean Coal" Spin

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

The coal industry accounts for 25% of greenhouse gases in the US. If they don't clean up, coal will be one of the biggest industries penalized under a new cap and trade program proposed by both presidential candidates.

Wake Up, Democrats: Send Dirty Coal Packing

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In one of the creepiest displays of propaganda this week in Denver, Dirty Coal certainly thinks the Democratic convention is for sale.