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: 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?

Posted on: Feb 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

'As an air-breather and a water-drinker, I take offense to the notion that coal company profits are more important than my children's lives.'

Posted on: Jan 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Extraordinary investigative work turned up over 20,000 incidences of Clean Water Act violations by three coal companies. Now will they finally be held accountable?

Posted on: Jan 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Jan 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Nov 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

After forty years of reckless devastation and criminal violations, the fate of clean water and human rights in the Appalachian coalfields is now in the hands of Lisa Jackson.

Posted on: May 6, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It's time for clean energy independence, not a hodge-podge collection of new regulations.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

In many respects, some folks might use more water flicking on their lights, than chugging back a glass of that wondrous stuff.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Stephen Colbert hosted scientist Margaret Palmer in a brilliant takedown of the Obama administration's recent decision to green light more mountaintop removal permits.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The same day that world leaders are set to meet in Denmark, many Americans will converge on the U.S.'s biggest environmental ground zero: the Appalachian coalfields.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Scores of residents from the Appalachian coalfields have joined with supporters from across the country in a series of sit-ins, die-ins, and protests.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009, Source: The Nation

An important announcement from EPA about mountaintop mining may mean there's hope for Appalachia's waterways.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A recent story on the Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia -- and the indifference of state agencies -- blew the cover on one of the worst kept secrets.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Here are a few ways to support coalfield residents and heroes, affect climate destabilization, and move our nation toward clean energy jobs.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Why is he nominating an advocate for coal ash dumping who also admits he still needs to learn more about mountaintop removal mining?

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Notables attending a peaceful protest against Big Coal were arrested and two local organizers were attacked by an industry supporter.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The human rights and constitutional violations of Americans by ruthless outside coal companies will be on full display to the media and the nation.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Here are some reasons why funding FutureGen is throwing money at the myth of clean coal.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

He has overseen, or blatantly overlooked, one of the most egregious environmental and human rights violations in the nation: mountaintop removal.

Posted on: May 27, 2009, Source: Indypendent

More than 240,000 tons of coal stripmined through mountaintop removal operations are consumed by New Yorkers every year.

Posted on: May 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama should keep his campaign promise, travel to Appalachia and publicly announce a timeline to formally end mountaintop removal operations.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Here's a list of 10 actions that are good, bad and a little confusing.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Ten tragic lessons in our history that should never be forgotten. And one climate tragedy in the making that needs our urgent help.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The West Virginia and Cherokee native has been one of the most vocal advocates for justice in the Appalachian coalfields.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Whether this is the beginning of a transition to abolish mountaintop removal is yet to be seen, but it is a huge step forward for our country.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The first shot has been fired in the legislative battle to end the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2009, Source: Huffington Post

Thanks to Big Coal, we've lost 500 mountains in one of the most diverse forests in America, but the movement to stop it is growing.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Today's action in DC shows that there is a new urgency to the climate change movement. Read here for the latest news and photos about the protest.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2009, Source: Huffington Post

A mind-boggling network of organizations is gathering this weekend in DC at Powershift09 to take on climate change.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Thousands will descend on DC this weekend to help break our addiction to coal and they've already got good news from the Hill.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Looks like the coal industry is guilty of "deception by omission."

Posted on: Feb 5, 2009, Source: Huffington Post

If you thought the TVA spill in December was bad, we could be be in for much worse in Coal River, West Virginia if we don't act now.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Faced with an impending proposal to stripmine over 6,600 acres, local residents have come up with a better idea.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Appalachia could provide Obama an historic opportunity to move beyond our racial politics with a truly new vision -- a green one.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Despite their inspiring speeches on global warming, they've bought into the sham of coal's reemergence as a "clean" source of energy.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2001, Source: Pacific News Service

Elkader, Iowa is the only town in the U.S. named after an Islamic revolutionary. It is also a place where relations between Arab-Americans and non-Arab-Americans have remained amazingly strong.