In the tradition of earlier books (Clearcut, Fatal Harvest, Thrillcraft) that used powerful imagery, compelling writing, and a large-format design to illuminate various ecological outrages, Plundering Appalachia considers the devastating assault on natural and human communities being waged by the coal industry.

Contributing writers include heroic coalfield activists like Judy Bonds, Maria Gunnoe, and Teri Blanton and leading experts such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Wendell Berry, Richard Heinberg, Mary Anne Hitt, and Carl Pope who draw the larger connections between surface coal mining and a failed energy economy. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan draws the coal–climate connection, calling the coal and power industry interests who sought to delay action on global warming “criminals against humanity.” Pulling no punches, Plundering Appalachia asks the reader to become informed, and then to become engaged, to join the growing number of Americans who are working both to end radical surface mining in Appalachia and transition toward an energy economy that works for nature and people.

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