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Extreme Energy Extraction Roadtrip - The Scary Ways We're Ruining the Country to Get Fossil Fuels

The view from a Cessna reveals some dirty secrets. Flying at 2,000 feet above the forests of Appalachia I can see what the steep, tree-fringed roads fail to show: unnatural flat tops, seams of coal exposed like black-topped runways, impoundments of foul water perched above homes and schools. A naked honesty is revealed. This is what we have done, what we continue to do. We deface the mountains, denature ecosystems.

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Take a Frightening Tour Down America's 'Climate Change Highway' [with Slideshow]

Editor's Note: View a slideshow at the end.

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Boomtown USA: 10 Photos from the Oilfields of North Dakota's Bakken Shale

Editor’s Note: Tara Lohan is traveling across North America documenting communities impacted by energy development for a new AlterNet project, Hitting Home. Follow the trip on Facebook. All photos below by Tara Lohan/Meghan Nesbit.

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Fossil Fuels’ Deadly Summer and the Growing Resistance

Editor’s Note: Tara Lohan is traveling across North America documenting communities impacted by energy development for a new AlterNet project, Hitting Home. Follow the trip on Facebook or follow Tara on Twitter.

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Explosion Rocks Natural Gas Drilling Well in Marcellus Shale, Workers Seriously Injured

Editor’s Note: Tara Lohan is traveling across North America documenting communities impacted by energy development for a new AlterNet project, Hitting Home. Follow the trip on Facebook or follow Tara onTwitter.

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5 Photos Show King Coal’s Grip on Appalachia

Editor’s Note: Tara Lohan is traveling across North America documenting communities impacted by energy development for a new AlterNet project, Hitting Home. Follow the trip on Facebook or follow Tara onTwitter.

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Can Frackers Be Paid Off? How One Community Is Trying to Buy Out Oil and Gas Leases

Editor’s Note: Tara Lohan is traveling across North America documenting communities impacted by energy development for a new AlterNet project, Hitting Home. Follow her trip on Facebook or on Twitter.

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Can Utah's Beautiful Wildlands Survive an Energy Grab?

Editor’s Note: Tara Lohan is traveling across North America documenting communities impacted by energy development for a new AlterNet project, Hitting Home. You can follow the trip on Facebook or follow Tara on Twitter.

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