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Activists Paint "Quit Coal" On Chicago Coal Plant Smokestack

Check out this remarkable time-lapse video of activists painting "Quit Coal" on a Chicago smokestack.

Public outcry against Chicago's two toxic coal plants continues to mount. Last month, we covered the "occupation" of the plants in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods by environmental justice and public health advocates. And yesterday, activists flying the Greenpeace banner climbed the 450 foot smokestack at the Fisk plant and painted "Quit Coal" on it.

It's an impressive image, and one that made Bill McKibben's day.

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Spread the Word: Help Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Today

It's a national call-in today to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Let's help them.

Our friends in Appalachia need our help today. Mountaintop removal coal mining is a social, economic, and environmental disaster. Here's why. And there's now a bill in Congress, the Clean Water Protection Act, that would help end the practice.

The folks at iLoveMountains.org, an excellent anti-mountaintrop removal advocacy group and a GOOD 100 honoree, have organized a National Call-In Day to End Mountaintop Removal, and we owe it to our fellow Americans dealing most directly with its impacts to help them out. Here's a video from iLoveMountains.org:

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A Victory in Borneo: Coal Plant Plans Scrapped

A small but important fight against dirty energy is won in the tropical island paradise of Sabah.



God it feels good to be able to follow up a plea for help with a message of victory. Our friends at 350.org share the news of the cancellation of a proposed coal plant in Sabah, a Malaysian state on Borneo.

Here's the background: The state and federal governments had released plans to build a coal plant in Sabah, near a strip of pristine beach between the island's incredibly biodiverse rain forests and the Coral Triangle, one of the world's most rich marine ecosystems.

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Mines Are Still Super Dangerous (and Big Coal Is Still Making Big PR Gaffes)

A moving tribute to coal miners who have died on the job, brought to you by the industry that killed them.

Remember the Upper Big Branch disaster back in April, when miners died and all of sudden mine safety was a big issue in the media? Well, nine miners have died since then—this despite the public outcry and a federal crackdown that was supposed to increase scrutiny and safety in mines.

The Washington Post ran an incredible, in-depth, and disturbing look at this regulatory failure, accompanied by a powerful, moving slideshow about deceased miners and their families. Though, as Jeff Biggers pointed out, "online readers of the Washington Post today were forced to view a fatuous 'clean coal' ad prior to viewing an extraordinary photo galley on 'Death at American coal mines.'"

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