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Reckoning at Eagle Creek hits bookstores

The latest title from award winning historian Jeff Biggers

Today another important book in the ongoing fight for the people of Appalachia hits bookstores. Reckoning at Eagle Creek, Jeff Bigger’s latest release takes us on a journey into the secret history of coal mining in the American heartland. Set in the ruins of his family’s strip-mined homestead in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, Biggers delivers a deeply personal portrait of the largely overlooked human and environmental costs of our nation’s dirty energy policy over the past two centuries.

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Four Lock Down to Coal Truck on Kanawha County Strip Site

Coalfield uprising continues in the fight to end Mountaintop removal coal mining

QUARRIER, W.Va.- Four protestors locked down to a coal truck entering a mine site in the vicinity of Quarrier and Decota at 7 a.m. this morning. Four other protestors joined them on the Kanawha County site, hanging two banners; one across the haul road and another on the back of the truck. The first banner read “Stop,” the second “Stop Mountaintop Removal.”

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Appalachian Uprising continues in fight against Mountaintop Removal

Activists temporarily shut down WV DEP and demand Federal EPA take over

At 9 a.m., four protesters entered the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) in Charleston, WV and locked themselves to the office entrance. They are demanding that the agency hand over control of key programs to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and that WVDEP Secretary Randy Huffman resign. Around them, dozens of demonstrators reiterated those demands.

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Activists occupy 5 Italian Coal Plants during G8 Summit

During day two of the G8 actions worldwide ramp up and demand stronger leadership

At least 100 demonstrators took part in protests at coal fired power plants in Brindisi, Marghera, Porto Tolle, Vado Ligure and Civitavecchia as part of worldwide actions targeting world leaders meeting at the G8 Summit in Italy.

G8 leaders must stop putting the interests of polluting industries such as coal ahead of the climate, Greenpeace said.

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Duke CEO does doublespeak on CCS

Recently 60 Minutes interview with Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers reveals conflicting message on companies commitment to CCS
60 minutes recently ran an interview with Duke Energy CEO, Jim Rogers talking about the future of our climate and coal's role in that debate. Jim Rogers has been one of the key spokespeople for the future of coal - but has also been noted for sending conflicting messages.

While the coal industry clings to the hope of carbon capture and storage, CCS, as a lifeline to continue the construction of new coal plants, it turns out they have made very little investment in it to date.
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Grassroots Activists Demand Power Past Coal from Nations Top Leaders

On President Obama's 100th day in office, presentations to Congress, EPA and CEQ highlight coal injustices and alternatives

On April 30th, the 100th day of the new presidency, six grassroots delegates from communities disadvantaged by coal mining, processing, and burning will meet with Representatives of Congress, the EPA, and CEQ. The events are part of an inaugural effort to generate a unified voice for the transition away from coal from a diverse coalition of citizens, including those advocating for climate policy, environmental justice and indigenous rights.

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No New Coal or Nuclear Plants necessary

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman says renewables like wind and solar will be enough
At the US Energy Association forum, Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced that no new nuclear or coal plants may be needed in the United States. The Chairman's views go beyond those of other Obama administration officials, who have strongly endorsed greater efficiency and renewables deployment but feel nuclear and fossil energies will continue playing a major role.

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No New Coal or Nuclear Plants necessary

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman says renewables like wind and solar will be enough
At the US Energy Association forum, Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced that no new nuclear or coal plants may be needed in the United States. The Chairman's views go beyond those of other Obama administration officials, who have strongly endorsed greater efficiency and renewables deployment but feel nuclear and fossil energies will continue playing a major role.

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Activists expose coal-to-liquids as a false solution

DC Rising Tide activists disrupt 2009 World Coal to Liquids Conference and demand real solutions.

Local activists with DC Rising Tide interrupted a coal industry conference today at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. They denounced coal-to-liquid technology as a corporate scam.

Coal to liquid and carbon capture technologies have been used as a life line for the coal industry. Those who oppose this technology recognize that it is a path which only worsens our reliance on destructive fossil fuels. 

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Obama: Its time to Power Past Coal

Halfway through the first 100 days and over 100 actions already taken against coal
This week in the Little Village of Chicago, fifty high school students will hurdle over coal piles and race past power plants for the 2009 Coal-Olympics competition.  These respirator-clad youth aren’t just running for fun – they know that two coal plants in their backyards are making their families sick and causing global warming, and they want their President to do something about it. 

The Coal-Olympics are part of

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