Jeff Biggers

Jeff Biggers is the author of The United States of Appalachia, and more recently, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland (The Nation/Basic Books). Follow him on twitter: @JeffRBiggers

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:15am
Climate Reckoning: My Own Private Coal Story
The following essay was adapted from the new Foreword to the paperback edition of Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland , released this week by Southern Illinois University Press. Four years after the publication of my memoir/history, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The...
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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 3:15pm
Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis
In a breathtaking but largely overlooked ruling this week, a federal judge agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may disregard studies on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining in its permitting process, only two weeks after Goldman Prize Award-winning activist Maria Gunnoe wrote...
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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 7:00am
Obama's 'War on Coal' Doesn't Exist
On Monday, President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30 percent , setting a cap that will require states to trade or shift toward clean energy alternatives. U.S. Senate candidates in pivotal...
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Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:30am
University Sit-In Shakes the Pillars of Big Coal
Falling on the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow coal miners' massacre , a growing movement of citizens groups will gather on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis to join the great Washington University sit-in against Peabody Energy . The pillars of Big Coal are crumbling in St. Louis this week --...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:30am
Which Side Are You on? Why This Student Sit-in Against Peabody Coal Matters
Entering its second week, the inspiring Washington University sit-in against Peabody Energy has already gone beyond its goals to cut school ties with the St. Louis-based coal giant, and forced the rest of the nation to ask themselves an urgent question in an age of climate change and reckless strip...
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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 7:25am
Should Sierra Club Endorse Coal Rush/Fracking Gov. Quinn—Or Call Out Environmental Disaster?
Is it enough for Illinois Gov.
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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 6:35am
Will Illinois Coal Rush Spread West Virginia Disasters?
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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 2:24pm
If We Don't Put People Before Profits, Spills Like West Virginia Are Our Future
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Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:07am
Free Mike Roselle From Jail: Free Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal
Nearly four years ago, long-time environmental activist and Kentucky-native Mike Roselle sat in the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver, West Virginia, with one simple message: Mountaintop removal mining, the most egregious human rights and environmental violation tolerated in our nation, must be abolished, not regulated.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 9:17am
Mother Jones Is Still Calling Out Deadbeat Coal Barons (on Coal Miner's Day)
I hear Mother Jones calling. The deadbeat coal barons still need to be called out.
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