Plundering Appalachia:
The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Plundering Appalachia delivers a searing expose, in words and images, of the greatest ecological calamity now being wreaked upon America, an outrage justified by the desire for “cheap” power. Mountaintop removal is strip mining on steroids—a radically destructive form of surface mining whereby coal companies bulldoze the forest, decapitate the peaks with explosives, push the shattered rubble into adjacent valleys, and destroy the ecologically crucial headwater streams that had been there before. With large-format photography and engaging writing, Plundering Appalachia examines Big Coal’s assault on the people and wildlife of the region. It includes first-person testimonies from coalfields residents about life in shadow of mining operations, dissects the coal industry’s role in the energy economy and its contribution to global warming, and celebrates the growing resistance to mountaintop removal and the myth of “clean coal.”

The Foundation for Deep Ecology developed Plundering Appalachia in close partnership with leading activists in the thick of the surface mining fight, and granted thousands of copies to regional and national conservation groups for them to use in ongoing campaigns opposing mountaintop-removal.

Plundering Appalachia received various honors including being named a Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal winner and the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Outstanding Book of the Year in the “Freedom Fighter” category.

Contributors: Edited by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner, foreword by Douglas Tompkins. With essays by Wendell Berry, Judy Bonds, Ross Gelbspan, Denise Giardina, Richard Heinberg, Mary Anne Hitt, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., David Orr, Carl Pope, Erik Reece, Vivian Stockman, and others.

Copublished with Earth Aware Editions, 2009.

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