Research & Resources
Coal - The Basics:
Coal is destructive at every step in the process: mining, burning and disposal.
Michigan’s Mercury Increases from COAL
Coal is NOT the Answer
“Coal fired power stations are death factories. Close them” — James Hansen
Hidden Cost of Coal
Big Coal and Child Victims (videos and article)
Coal is Dirty Business–Athens, Ohio (videos)
Coal Field Uprising an article by the Nation
Articles on Grist by Bruce Nilles, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Director
Coal Story by Green Peace
Coal Impacts Health at Every Stage in Cycle Physicians explain
Map of Coal Plants Pollution and Death
Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future
Appalachian Voices Video Shows Destruction of the Emory River from the 2008 Coal Ash Spill in Tennessee.
Interactive Map on Water Pollution — The New York Times
VIDEO: CBS Report on Coal Ash
Coal Ash in the Dominican Republic
I Love Mountains
Coal River Mountain Watch
Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining
Big Coal and Mountain Top Removal
The EPA just vetoed the largest MTR permit in West Virginia history
Power Plant Pollution Locator: Michigan
Interactive Map Identifying Levels of Pollution Across the Nation
Video Illustrating Health Risks Associated with Coal Burning
Information on Emissions from Coal Power Plants
Information on Financial Cost of Burning Coal which Causes Environmental and Health Problems
EPA Statistics on Health Risks Related to Coal Power Plants
Sierra Club Victories: 100 Coal Plants Defeated
Cleaning the Air at the Expense of Waterways (New York Times Article)
Beyond Coal Campaigns:
Sierra Student Coalition–Beyond Coal Campaign
2 Dirty 4 College
Binghamton University Beyond Coal Website
Colorado University – Boulder Coal Free Campaign Website
Colorado University – Boulder Coal Free Campus Campaign Video
Indiana University Coal Free Campaign Website
University of Kentucky Beyond Coal Website
University of North Carolina Coal Free Campaign Website
Michigan State University Coal Free Campaign Website
University of Minnesota Photo Page: Campaign Against Coal
Oregon’s Beyond Coal Campaign Website
Free Online Documentaries:
Sierra Club Beyond Coal playlist: These 10 videos add up to about 12 min on one DVD. This is the best of Sierra Club’s online coal videos from break-dancers for Beyond Coal to Ashley Judd speaking out against mountaintop removing mining to the Coal is Too Dirty for College video series.
Deep Down impact video: (6 min) shows how film is being used to connect communities and build solidarity.
Dirty Business: (15 min) excerpt online.
I Live Near Coal: (6 min) short on health effects of coal.
Low Coal: (85 min) The story of the mountaintop removal activists featured in Coal Country, the year after.
Energy Film Trailers:
Sun Come Up Trailer: (2 min) Sun Come Up is an ACADEMY AWARD® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees.
Cape Spin Trailer: (4 min) Cape Spin is a feature documentary about the epic battle over the Cape Wind project, America’s first offshore wind farm proposed for the storied waters of Nantucket Sound.
The Battle for Blair Mountain: (11 min) Blair Mountain is under threat of Mountaintop Removal mining. The focal point of the 1921 mine wars, this historic center of labor rights has not gotten the protection it deserves.