Stories by Jeff Biggers

Jeff Biggers is the American Book Award-winning author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland (Nation/Basic Books), among other books. Visit his website: subscribe to Jeff Biggers's feed

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The energy industry pushes the virtues of coal onto kids with the same religious fervor of organizations that tout creationism.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A local community deep in the heart of coal country is saying no to expanded mining and forcing environmental groups to take notice as it draws regional and national attention for its relentless grassroots efforts.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2014, Source: The Guardian

There will never be clean water in West Virginia, because there is never justice.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

This billion dollar bonus to Big Coal might signal "game over" for clean energy and climate initiatives in the heartland.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2013, Source: YES! Magazine

Two sections that told kids coal is safe and good for the environment disappeared this week from the website of a state agency in Illinois.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2013, Source: YES! Magazine

In a statement, ecologist Sandra Steingraber denounced Illinois’ new fracking regulations and described the need for a movement dedicated to abolishing fracking nationwide.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It's time to place a moratorium on new mountaintop removal mining operations while the first comprehensive federal study of the health dangers is conducted.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

If the US Congress can't even move off its own use of dirty energy--so symbolically small--is it any wonder that the annual UN climate talks result in such pathetic action?

Posted on: Aug 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Democrats can not speak of being advocates for clean energy, civil rights and the environment if they turn their backs on besieged residents in Appalachia.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

"Why is it acceptable to depopulate our communities and culture, poison our water and air and leave us to die in a post mining waste land for temporary jobs and energy?"

Posted on: Feb 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Arch coal may be planning mining and mountaintop removal operations within the boundaries of one of the most important labor and civil rights monuments in the nation.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Kivalina should be required reading for all power brokers in the climate change debate — in particular, President Obama and the dawdling U.S. Congress.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2011, Source: Salon

A Justice Department report blasts the embattled Arizona lawman for discriminating against Latinos.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Advocacy groups are calling for an immediate moratorium on all mountaintop removal mining operations until the federal government can mitigate the spiraling humanitarian crisis.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet

"Issues about land ownership, self-determination, labor justice, and so many others are intimately related to our struggle to end mountaintop removal."

Posted on: Apr 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

"We must be taking steps, no giant leaps, toward a goal that is well defined, take great pride in our achievements and never let our eyes drift from the goal."

Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

"The coal lobby doesn't get freebies anymore, because thousands of regular American citizens are standing up and going toe-to-toe with them."

Posted on: Apr 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet

"If I could have one wish for how to really put a dent into what is happening I think I would wish for tort attorneys and expert witnesses to sue the bastards."

Posted on: Mar 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Bo Webb has emerged as one of the most important frontline voices in the coalfield justice movement and Webb talks about how we can work to end MTR.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Why is the Obama administration pushing for an internationally condemned open-pit mine that will displace an estimated 100,000-200,000 villagers and ravage land and water?