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Post Carbon InstituteSierra ClubOhio Valley Environmental Coalition and AlterNet have partnered to show what’s at stake in the fight against coal with a powerful slideshow of recent coal disasters including the Freedom Industries chemical spill, Duke Energy ash spillWest Virginia slurry spill, mountaintop removal mining and more.

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After viewing this slideshow, read essays from The Energy Reader, which includes more than 30 essays by some of the most insightful and expert voices exploring the consequences of our rapacious hunger for ever more energy. Contributors include Bill McKibben, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Vandana Shiva, Richard Heinberg, Lester Brown, Amory Lovins, Sandra Steingraber, James Hansen, Winona LaDuke and James Woolsey. Collectively, they offer a wake-up call about the future of energy and what each of us can do to change course.

Visit EcoWatch’s COAL and WATER pages for more related news on this topic.

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