Jeff Biggers

Jeff Biggers is the American Book Award-winning author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland (The Nation/Basic Books). His website is: www.jeffbiggers.com

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Kentucky cancels coal plant, new power movement electrifies grassroot alliance

An alliance of Kentucky activists sent a message today: A just transition to clean energy, even in the heartland of coal country Kentucky, is possible

Love, in the Time of Blasting

This is the scene, when the coal-fired electricity that lights up New York City’s neon theatre district lowers on stage: We are inside the home of Marie and Hovie, a young couple living in the …

Road Map, Not Regulations, Will Bring Coal Free Future

Note: This is a guest post by Stephanie Pistello, Ben Evans, and Jeff Biggers, co-founders of the Coal Free Future Project.  In the wake of the worst coal mining disaster in 40 years, compromise and political …

Reclaiming Earth Day

How do you celebrate Earth Day, when your homeland or homeplace has been stripmined into oblivion? For my family, standing in the ruins of our 150-year-old homestead in the devastated historic community of Eagle Creek, …

President Must End 200 Years of Regulated Manslaughter

At 3:30pm EST today, residents in West Virginia and across the nation will be observing a moment of silence for the fallen coal miners in last week’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster, their families, and …

Another tragic iceberg awaiting Massey’s titanic violations: Brushy Fork Dam

Hope must die last in the coalfields, as our prayers go out to the families of the missing four coal miners and the 25 killed in the recent Montcoal mining disaster in West Virginia. But …

Do coal companies put profit over human life?

All coal mining safety laws have been written in miners’ blood. My grandfather, who barely survived an explosion in a coal mine in southern Illinois, taught me this phrase. He also taught me about the …

beginning of the end of mountaintop removal?

Appalachians hail EPA’s great victory for Clean Water Act and justice

Earlier this morning, I wrote a piece for April Fool’s Day, Obama Ends 150-Year War of Strip-Mining in 24 States: Mountaintop Removal Loses Its Groove. Well, turns out the second part wasn’t an April Fool’s …

Obama Ends 150-Year War of Strip-Mining in 24 States!

Obama Ends 150-Year War of Strip-Mining in 24 States: Mountaintop Removal Loses Its Groove. Yeah, I’ve been wanting to wake up to that headline for years, too. Instead, I read another Coal Tattoo headline about President Obama …

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