Jeff Biggers

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Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael litters the ground on October 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Florida. The hurricane hit the panhandle area with category 4 winds causing major damage. Views
Friday, October 12, 2018
We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option
IOWA CITY—The arrival of Hurricane Michael on the heels of the landmark IPCC climate report is a reminder that climate "adaptation" is no longer a viable option. Adapting to a failed system in an age of climate change, as the devastation from Hurricane Michael attests, is failure, not adaptation...
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
The American Resistance Should Also Salute This Corsican Revolutionary on July 4th
The following is excerpted from the author's new book, Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition? "The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words,” President Donald Trump declared in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017...
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Sunday, July 01, 2018
Trump Is Following Arizona’s Playbook On Immigration. We Know How To Fight Back
The “ total chaos ” of the Trump administration’s handling of immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border is deja vu all over again for Arizonans. The same goes for this week’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a proclamation “motivated by anti-Muslim animus,” as Justice...
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George Washington; Thomas Paine; Donald Trump (Getty/Shutterstock/Photo Montage by Salon) Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Trump's Immigration Debacle Repeats History's Mistakes
When lawmakers meet with President Trump on Tuesday to discuss immigration policy, the trauma of thousands of incarcerated immigrant children separated at the border from their asylum-seeking parents should pinpoint the failure of the Trump administration's new " zero tolerance " policy. "To undo a...
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
May Day: Arizona Teachers Have Resistance History on Their Side
Now in their fourth day on the picket line, the striking Arizona teachers are following a century-old labor tradition that galvanized the founding of the state in 1912 and constitutionally required the legislature to adequately fund education. Arizona's first governor George W. P. Hunt oversaw a...
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Students from Coral Glades High School hold signs as they participate in a school walk for gun law change on Feb. 21. (Photo: Rhona Wise/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
My Kid Doesn’t Need Permission To Walk Out
My 15-year-old son texted me from the streets of Iowa City last week, as he joined other kids in a walkout to support survivors of the shooting that took place earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. By the time they reached the historic Old Capitol of Iowa...
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And far from the “coal is dead” trope that well-meaning environmental observers stress now, another fact is that our nation is on track to mine 785 million tons of coal this year. That ain’t dead. Views
Friday, October 27, 2017
Coal Kills And Coal Is Not Dead
Amid all the “war on coal” and climate denial banter, you never hear one basic fact from either side: Coal kills. And far from the “coal is dead” trope that well-meaning environmental observers stress now, another fact is that our nation is on track to mine 785 million tons of coal this year. That...
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Arizona already has six Confederate monuments—almost all of them dubiously constructed in recent memory. It doesn’t need another one, albeit in the form of a presidential pardon. Views
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Trump’s Arpaio Pardon? Instead, Arizona’s Confederate Monuments Must Come Down
Any pardon of disgraced and criminally convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio by Donald Trump would be a de facto monument to “the most egregious racial profiling in the United States” and “chronic culture of disregard for basic legal and constitutional obligations,” at least according to a federal...
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"And every day, thousands of residents, many of whom live unprotected within a football field of massive detonations, fly rock and silica dust, must deal with the fallout of cancer-linked mountaintop removal strip mining in West Virginia, as well as strip mining operations in states across the country." Views
Friday, August 04, 2017
Dear Media: Trump’s “Beautiful, Clean Coal” Is Another Lie. Please Hold Him Accountable.
Joined on stage by billionaire coal baron and Gov. Jim Justice, Donald Trump returned to West Virginia last night with another barnstorming lie that should make a Boy Scout cringe: His administration has “ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.” The August 3rd rally actually marked the 40th...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Let Us Now Praise A Coal Miner: Chuck Nelson Is An American Hero
Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An indefatigable presence at hearings, meetings, media briefings, and in his beloved mountains, Nelson’s...
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