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Mountaintop Removal

Outed! Will Obama Meet the Real FACES of Coal or Exposed Big Coal Front?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

From forged letters to fake rallies, the revelations over Big Coal's public relations machinations continue. Today's candidate for the "bogus coal front of the week" is FACES, the Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security.

Fearless Tree-Sit in Coal Blasting Area Calls Out Failed Regulations

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a stunning blow to mountaintop removal blasting operations in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia this morning, two fearless protesters scaled massive trees and unfurled banners.

Dollywood Boycott Falls Flat

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

Raised in the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee, Dolly Parton is the public face of Smoky Mountain tourism. So why on earth would anyone want to boycott Dollywood?

Take This Mine And Shove It: India Fights Coal, As Tribe Fights Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

With the blessing of the Indian Supreme Court, Vedanta plans to launch its own version of Appalachia-style mountaintop removal on the Niyamgiri mountain, which the Dongria Kondh tribe worships as a god.

Oil and Coal Companies to Begin Huge Scuba Giveaway

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

After years of climate change denial, a consortium of energy industry giants led by ExxonMobil and Massey Energy are launching a global campaign to provide island nations with equipment to combat rising sea levels.

Rocker Ted Nugent to Emcee Pro-Coal "Friends of America" Rally in West Virginia

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Cooper

Nugent, whose on-stage antics include wearing a loincloth and inviting President Obama to "suck on my machine gun" will emcee the event, which also inculdes Sean Hannity and Hank Williams Jr.

Hechler's Wake Up Call to Greens and Liberals: Big Coal Denial Calls for Hellraisers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Tragic lessons in history remind us that the coal crisis and its deniers call for more hellraisers, not compromise.

Green News Report - August 13, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

In Today's Audio Report: Another win for coal companies; of green roofs & red tomatoes...PLUS: Town Hall Follies, now with Clean Coal!

To Vacation or Not, in Tennessee? That Is the Question (for the Coal Industry and the NRDC)

Dan Shapley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Shapley

Nowhere has the debate between the advocates of tourism and strip-mining been as fever-pitched as in Tennessee. Please plan a vacation there!

Let Them Eat Coal Ash: OSM Nominee Pizarchik Must Be Stopped Now

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The Obama's administration's OSM nomination of Pizarchik, the seemingly good-natured and well-meaning Pennsylvania Director of the Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, is a colossal error.

This Little (Coal-Fired) Light of Mine: Will President Heed 45 Million Prayers?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

August 3rd should be a national day of atonement for our sins against the American mountains and mountaineers.

Letter From Europe: Foreign Disbelief of Topless America

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

It's hard for any foreigner to believe that President Obama has quietly acquiesced to the marketing and machinations of Big Coal.

Abetting Historicide: Does Nancy Sutley's Regulatory Banter Cover Up Crimes Against Coalfield Residents?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Are Obama's well-meaning but irresolute environmental administrators abetting the crimes of human rights violations and historicide?

West Virginia Tourists Beware: Violence Escalates in Coalfields

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

Violence against environmental activists seems almost inevitable in the coalfields this summer as West Virginia politicians ignore the tense situation.

Jimmy Carter's Next Urgent Mission: Polarized Appalachian Coalfields

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Mountaintop removal has ripped out the roots of the Appalachian culture, and depopulated and left historic mountain communities in poverty and ruin.

Like a Diamond in the Sky

David Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Horton

Those who deny climate change believe that no environmental issue, no conservation cause, no piece of the natural world, must ever be allowed to get in the way of big profits for big business.

West Virginia Coal Thugs Disrupt July 4th Picnic (Video)

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

Irate coal miners disrupted the annual 4th of July community picnic atop Larry Gibson's Kayford Mountain, the only mountain left in the area that has not been decapitated for coal.

Almost Hell West Virginia; Where Is The Obama Administration?

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Coal mining is the Appalachians is the great American tragedy, and every citizen of this country should be ashamed and horrified that we are collectively allowing this to happen.

Top 10 List: Why President Obama Must Visit Appalachia and Launch War for Green Jobs

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

It is almost beyond belief that President Obama, CEQ chief Nancy Sutley and EPA head Lisa Jackson have made no attempt to visit actual mining sites under their jurisdiction.

Green News Report - June 25, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Darryl Hannah arrested (no, not for public intoxication); Floor fight pending over climate change; Big Three automakers ignored their own consumer research ... The Supreme Court kills a lake.

Secrets and the White House

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Those with long memories will recall the endless fights over the White House Logs during the eight years of the Bush presidency.

From the Senate to the WV Coalfields, a Pivotal Week for Mountaintop Removal

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This has been a game-changing week in the fight to end mountaintop removal. We will undoubtedly look back on the events of the past few days as a turning point in the struggle to end this incredibly destructive form of coal mining.

Lord, Give Me Time

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The defense of mountaintop-removal mining -- as formerly with strip-mining -- is that the economy of Appalachia depends on it. This canard now has been solidly rebutted.

Historic Senate Hearings on Clean Water Protection Act Today: We All Live Downstream

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Over 1,300 miles of streams have been sullied and jammed by mountaintop removal operations. Over 500 mountains have been blown to bits.

Arrested in West Virginia -- A First-Person Account

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Appalachia -- one of the few places in the country where both the cause of climate change and its solution can be found in the same location. Mountaintop removal isn't just a local issue, it's an American problem.