Category Archives: Mountaintop Removal

Morning Awful: Coal Country

I keep saying that West Virginia is in deep capture to the kind of disaster capitalism we normally associate with places like Nigeria. Last week, activists and citizens opposed to mountaintop removal mining attempted a peaceful demonstration, only to be … Continue reading

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Share the ACHE: Stop Mountaintop Removal

Forget saving mountains. Forget “Mother Earth.” Ultimately, environmentalism is about saving the humans from the consequences of commercial resource exploitation and extraction economics. This new video from ACHEact.org puts the focus squarely on the real victims of mountaintop removal mining: … Continue reading

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The Last Mountain for Best Documentary

Everyone who’s seen it agrees: this is not just a great documentary about mountaintop removal mining, it’s an unexpectedly entertaining and uplifting film about Americans living in Third World corporate disaster-capitalism hell. You can watch the whole movie on Netflix … Continue reading

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Forget Truth, We Want Controversy

One of my friends in the community of mountaintop removal activism found a hole in his gas tank this weekend. Someone had taken a drill to the plastic, leaving a large puddle of gasoline-soaked mud under his truck. It’s not … Continue reading

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Kentucky Agency Lets Big Coal Poison Kentuckians

For years now, Appalachian Voices has been calling foul on the monthly water contamination reports from below mountaintop removal sites, claiming that industry reports were insufficient. This year, the EPA required outside testing. At long last, vindication in chart form: … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal mining threatens children. The kids of Marsh Fork Elementary will drown in toxic coal slurry if the dirt dam above them gives way — but there’s plenty of blasting going on. Coal companies don’t seem to care.

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Morning Awful: Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal mining destroys communities. A toxic moonscape is not a good place to find a job, build a house, or start a business. Flooding from valley and stream fills can wipe out whole neighborhoods; the economy of desolation does … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal destroys property. Maria Gunnoe tells about her near-death experience after bad drainage at a mountaintop removal site flooded her land. She was lucky: she survived, and earned a Goldman Prize with which she could restore her property. When … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal mining erases history. There’s a march this week in West Virginia to commemorate the events at Blair Mountain. Unfortunately, that event also embodies another problem in the liberal coalition: the split between labor, which supports jobs, and environmentalism, … Continue reading

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Activists to EPA: “We’ve Got Your Back”

Today I’m in Washington, DC embedded with a group of human rights activists determined to save their homes from the predators of Big Coal. Live coverage below at 10:30 EDT; I’ll be cutting and editing a YouTube version tonight. Please … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Mountaintop Removal

Yesterday I said that mountaintop removal mining was a crime against the future. This is what I meant: mountains are renewable resources of wind energy. Spread over a region, windmills can make a powerhouse out of a mountain range. The … Continue reading

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