In a breathtaking but largely overlooked ruling this week, a federal judge agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may disregard studies on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining in its permitting process.
When I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence on February 13 along with author Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club's Michael Brune, civil rights icon Julian Bond and 44 others, it was a big moment for my organization, Earth Quaker Action Team.
Don't get me wrong -- child pornography is terrible and water pollution is horrible. But chilling a witness with allegations that she's a child pornographer rather than a public-spirited whistleblower performing her civic duty is outrageous.
Maria Gunnoe was going to show a picture to the House Committee on Natural Resources, a photo of a five-year-old child bathing in brown, poisonous water. After the hearing, the capitol police took her aside for questioning about "child pornography."
Featuring citizen activists fighting for clean air and water against entrenched interests and corporate dollars, the documentary combines backstory, statistics, and human interest to explain more fully the narrative of where our electricity comes from.
Maria Gunnoe's fight to stop MTR and transform the Appalachian Mountains into a wind energy powerhouse attracted filmmaker Bill Haney and his partners, who feature her in their documentary, The Last Mountain.