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Big Hydro Falls Behind

Patrick McCully | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick McCully

The fact that wind is now a bigger and more dynamic industry than hydro means that the new renewables industries will increasingly have more economic and political clout.

Arizona's Other Problem: Will Big Coal Power Line Destroy Solar Boom, Endangered Grasslands, Pioneer Heritage?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Some residents claim their borderlands utility company is reportedly locking its customers into a costly and toxic dirty-energy future to cater to the potential demands of a Canadian mining operation.

Turning Earth Day Into a Climate Action Day

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gillian Caldwell

All across the country, the climate movement is spreading the message that the most important thing we can do for the Earth at this moment is to tackle climate change head-on.

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.

Demand No More Coal, No More Oil This Independence Day

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

19th century energy sources have no place in a clean-energy economy. Coal belongs in the same category as oil -- dirty and dangerous energy sources we must phase out as soon as possible.

9 Worst Coal Mine Catastrophes (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As we were tragically reminded last week with the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that claimed 29 lives in West Virginia, coal mining is a dangerous an...

President Obama Must End 200 Years of Regulated Manslaughter in the Coalfields

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

At 3:30pm EST today, residents in West Virginia and across the nation will be observing a moment of silence for the fallen coal miners in last week's ...

Alabama Coal Miner Killed In Explosion, 37th To Die On The Job In US This Year

blogs.wvgazette.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On Tuesday night, an Alabama man earlier this week became the 37th coal miner to die on the job this year in the United States....

Jason Linkins

Massey CEO Blankenship Has Complained About 'Nonsensical' Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Another way of saying that the rules are "difficult to comply with" is to say: "On the other hand, we're just fine racking up multiple violations."

A Rebuttal to Sen Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act" Op-Ed: Is She Serious?

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gillian Caldwell

It should surprise no one that fossil fuel industry interests have gone into overdrive on this issue and turned a clear no-brainer into a rather "Murky" one that is expected to come down to the wire.

What Should I Do If There's A Mountain In My Lobby?

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

With the 25 dead at Performance Coal mine in West Virginia, we have a national tabloid event and we were building toxic mountains in Chase lobbies when the spotlight strayed our way.

Jason Linkins

Jeff Biggers: Hold Mining Industry 'Outlaws' Accountable (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CNN's Kiran Chetry conducted an interview today with Jeff Biggers, journalist and author of "Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in th...

Tip of Iceberg of Massey's Titanic Violations: 72-Foot Tidal Wave of Coal Sludge Looms Above Affected Mining Communities

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As heroic rescue teams attempt to reach the missing miners, another potential disaster instigated by reckless Massey Energy regulatory violations and oversight looms above the very heads of these affected coal mining communities.

WV Mining Disaster CEO: "It's Survival of the Fittest"

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

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Like Blowing Up the Alps: Is Swiss Bank UBS the Last Financier of Massey's Big Coal Mayhem?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

And then there was one. Swiss banking giant UBS is now reportedly Massey Energy's last primary financier. Go figure. If any lending institution mig...

The Next Great Coal Spill? Massey's Billion Gallon Disaster in Waiting

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As President Obama makes his third trip to the Gulf today to assess the worst crude oil spill in American history, residents in the coalfields can't h...

Breaking News! Appalachians Hail EPA's Great Victory for Clean Water Act and Justice

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While the 150-year strip-mining war continues in 20 other states, this is a beautiful and historic moment to celebrate on behalf of human rights and environmental justice in the Appalachian coalfields.

UPDATE: Obama Ends 150-Year War of Strip-Mining in 24 States! Mountaintop Removal Loses Its Groove

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Over the next decades, despite the new surface-mining laws, a land mass the size of some entire eastern states would be strip-mined and eliminated from our American maps.

President Obama and the Unlearned Lessons of 1924: Oil Spills, Coal Disasters and Immigration Hysteria

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Soon to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, playwright George Bernard Shaw's declaration that "Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history," has never seemed so true.

Rand Paul on Kentucky Coal Plunder: "I Don't Think Anyone's Going to Be Missing a Hill or Two." (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a 2009 interview, Paul erroneously claims that "a lot of the land is desirable once it gets flattened out...Some people like the flat land, and some of it apparently has become rather valuable." Wrong again.

LA Pulls Plug on Costly Coal: Like Taking 11 Million Cars Off Road

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jeff Biggers

Villaraigosa's clean energy initiative recognizes the massive and largely overlooked costs of dirty coal on his local constituents -- and the nation -- and the need to move to a coal-free future.

Dark Secret of World Water Day: Coal-Fired Plants Drink 1.5 Trillion Gallons, Then We Drink Backwash

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Here's a sobering fact on World Water Day: Coal-fired power plants use approximately 1.5 trillion gallons of water a year in the US. In many respe...

Take Off Broadway, Off Coal: Love, in the Time of Blasting

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

This is the scene, when the coal-fired electricity that lights up New York City's neon theatre district lowers on stage: We are inside the home of Ma...

Open Letter to Sens. Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman: A Bipartisan Path Forward on Energy and Climate

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

At least in the short term, we should think of carbon pricing as a funding mechanism for clean energy policies. It's a form of responsible budgeting: nothing more, nothing less.

Dirty Polluters Rewriting the Clean Air Act

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gillian Caldwell

According to leaked reports on Wednesday, the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman draft of the climate bill would gut the Clean Air Act and over-ride existing state laws that provide critical environmental protections.