Appalachia

‘Blood on the Mountain’: Why We Need a Red Neck Protest Anthem, Not a Hillbilly Elegy

Published on Friday, October 28, 2016 by Common Dreams ‘Blood on the Mountain’: Why We Need a Red Neck Protest Anthem, Not a Hillbilly Elegy by Charles B. Keeney A place mired in poverty, a culture of guns, conservative religion, poorly educated people, an angry and embittered populace. These are common words used by journalists and writers to describe…

Democratic Party Platform Calls for End to Mountaintop Removal Mining

h/t to Ken Ward Jr. of Coal Tattoo (and a reporter for the WV Gazette) for the heads-up, pointing us to an encouraging Democratic Party platform plank we’d not yet heard about – the end of mountaintop mining removal.

Read the Alliance for Appalachia’s press release on the subject below or download here: DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

As coal mining declines, community mental health problems linger

by Roberta Attanasio Associate Professor of Biology, Georgia State University, Georgia State University The U.S. coal industry is in rapid decline, a shift marked not only by the bankruptcy of many mine operators in coal-rich Appalachia but also by a legacy of potential environmental and social disasters. As mines close, states, the federal government and taxpayers…

Will Congress Act to Protect Coal Mining Communities?

via the Union of Concerned Scientists blog. by Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists senior energy analyst in the Climate and Energy program, conducting analytical work on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon regulations. February 9, 2016, 7:25 pm EST Today marks the release of the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Included in the request to Congress is…

West Virginia: The Rodney Dangerfield of the USA – Appalachian Chronicle

Michael Barrick’s Appalachian Chronicle has become an indispensable source of insight and news about the Appalachian region in recent years. Here he calls out the mainstream media for its continuing blind spot regarding environmental regulation, fossil fuel extraction, and the health and well-being of the area’s population. – Ed. West Virginia: The Rodney Dangerfield of…

Keystone Off The Table, But Back East, Pipeline Fight Builds

Via Popular Resistance: Keystone Off The Table, But Back East, Pipeline Fight Builds RESIST! PIPELINES By The Associated Press, www.mobile.nytimes.com November 10th, 2015 ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a…