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Old 07-09-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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ANYONE traveling on Interstate 77 just north of Charleston, W.Va., can't miss the billboard perched high above the traffic, proclaiming "Obama's No Jobs Zone," a reference to increased regulations on the coal industry and mountaintop removal mining. Like countless other bits of pro-coal propaganda that have sprouted over the last few years across Appalachia, the sign is designed to inflame tensions - and by all counts, it's working.

Appalachia is engaged in a civil war of sorts over coal, with miners and their families pitted against environmental activists. The central issue is mountaintop removal, a radical form of strip mining that has left over 2,000 miles of streams buried and over 500 mountains destroyed. According to several recent studies, people living near surface mining sites have a 50 percent greater risk of fatal cancer and a 42 percent greater risk of birth defects than the general population.

Despite the evidence, the coal industry and its allies in Washington have persuaded the majority of their constituents to ignore such environmental consequences, recasting mountaintop removal as an economic boon for the region, a powerful job creator in a time of national employment distress.

Of course, since mountaintop removal is heavily mechanized, the coal industry is the real job killer - and, until recently, miners would have been suspicious of any claim to the contrary. For decades the companies had fought the miners' efforts to unionize, resulting in violent strikes.

After finally recognizing the union, King Coal opposed its demands for things like a living wage, health insurance, safety precautions and measures to curb the alarming rates of black lung disease. The strategy was simple: the companies would buy off individual communities and leaders, exchanging meager payouts for silence or even support against the more adamant activists.
A good read.

It is sad how badly the state has been treated, how Charleston lets this happen, and how WV does even benefit from most of the mining.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:04 AM
 
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Capital misses the 1890's, and forgets why capitalists then created the Progressive Era. I fear we are in for difficult decades in this country.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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An article meant to inflame shouldn't be calling out things meant to inflame.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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An article meant to inflame shouldn't be calling out things meant to inflame.
It isn't meant to inflame but to analysis a situation.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Charles Town, WV
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It isn't meant to inflame but to analysis a situation.
Really? You read an article alluding to unprovoked attacks on grandmothers and you didn't see anything inflammatory?
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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Really? You read an article alluding to unprovoked attacks on grandmothers and you didn't see anything inflammatory?
No.

It is stating an event that happened. How is that inflammatory?
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Charles Town, WV
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The article provides zero details, but implies right vs wrong. I really don't see any balanced analysis contained on the article.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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The article provides zero details, but implies right vs wrong. I really don't see any balanced analysis contained on the article.
It just talking about a conflict that is splitting WV apart.

I think that you may have strong feelings about some of the issues mentioned and feel that your views arent represented enough.

However, this article is not really inflammatory. Perhaps you find the issue upsetting. However, that is the point the author is trying to make. People have strong feelings for or against strip mining and disagreements can get ugly.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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All of the stuff with Judy Bonds is well documented, I guess whether it is to be believed is up to you. Some of the details in the article are wrong. Larry Gibson's dogs weren't shot, one was hanged but lived. He doesn't have a trailer but a cabin. There's a video somewhere with some Massey miners at a gathering at Larry Gibson's house and they had obviously been drinking and it got ugly. This seems to be yet another subject where there can be no civil discourse. The news this week that Black Lung is on the rise is troubling.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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It isn't meant to inflame but to analysis a situation.
According to several recent studies, people living near surface mining sites have a 50 percent greater risk of fatal cancer and a 42 percent greater risk of birth defects than the general population.

Meant to do nothing but inflame.

One could just as easily write an article stating "According to several recent studies, Obama was born in Indonesia".

Would that be a valid point to put in a legitimate article?
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