Jeff Biggers

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Obama's First 100 Days of Coal: A Few Honest Words, Please
If you're going to lead my country, If you're gonna say it's free I'm gonna need a little honesty Just a few honest words -Ben Sollee, "A Few Honest Words" With those proverbial first 100 days coming to a close, here are ten moments--some good, some confusing, some hair-raising--in the short swift time of coal in the Obama administration's new era of "clean, renewable energy that will lead the 21st century."
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Where's the National Outrage on Blair Mountain?
When Walmart recently announced its intention to build a super-center near the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia, filmmaker Ken Burns and a host of Pulitzer Prize-winning historians denounced the move for its obvious offense to our national heritage site. We need that same outrage for another battlefield under assault.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Big Coal Defeat! Rednecks and Greens Announce Victory at Blair Mountain
After 500 mountains in Appalachia have been blown to bits by mountaintop removal, one peak was most likely saved today: Blair Mountain in West Virginia, the site of the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War, was officially approved by the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places to be placed on the National Register. This is a huge victory, as the tide continues to turn in the movement to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia.
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Monday, March 02, 2009
Dirty Coal Has Left the Building
The great snow storm has passed. The clouds are parting. The sun is breaking through. Those tiny ripples of hope, that Robert Kennedy once invoked, are beginning to gather near Capitol Hill. The Capitol Power Plant: It was built at the same time the first Ford Model T cars rolled onto the streets. A century later, the Capitol plant will finally end its use of coal in the age of the iPhone and Blackberry.
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