Kennedy is an environmental lawyer and the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.
Even before his book was published, Kennedy was speaking out about mountaintop removal. During an October 2001 speech at the University of Charleston, he called the practice "the worst example of what human beings can do to their environment when they behave irresponsibly."
And in Kennedy's view, it is pollution - not environmental regulations that restrict pollution - that amounts to a legal "taking" or a crime against society.
"If you pollute a creek and a child gets sick, that's child abuse," Kennedy said. "If you pollute air and a child has an asthma attack, that's assault and battery."
Above all, Kennedy says that blowing up mountains and burying streams is taking precious resources that rightly belong to the public and to future generations.
"They are stealing historic landscapes," Kennedy said. "They are stealing an entire state."
And like Gore, Kennedy also connects environmental problems to large issues in society. He favors campaign finance reform, thinks newspapers and other media need to do more investigative reporting, and wants to impeach President Bush.
"It's important to impeach Bush as a civics lesson - to say to the American people that America doesn't torture people," Kennedy said. "We do not intercept the telephone conversations of hundreds of thousands of American citizens illegally.
"You can't just tear up the Bill of Rights," he said. "He has to be impeached. The American people have to remember how sacred the Constitution of the United States is."