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This is the grave of Sid Hatfield. Likely born in Pike County, Kentucky in 1893, though some claim 1891, Hatfield was a coal miner and a tough, certainly not unlike many people in his area along the Kentucky-West Virginia border and certainly not unlike other members of his family, who were the Hatfields in the […]
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One Day in America

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On August 9, 2017
I write from Helena, Montana, in a very brief return to civilization from days of camping and hiking in our nation’s most beautiful places, all of which are in the West, because let’s face it, everything in the eastern half of the nation is pretty lame, including what passes for the nice parts where people […]
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I agree with nearly every point of this Cathy Kunkel piece in Jacobin about the decline of the Democratic Party in West Virginia. Kunkel is a West Virginia energy activist and has great knowledge about what is going on there. She details the disturbing collapse of the Democratic in West Virginia. She traces the close […]
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On December 30, 1970, a coal mine exploded on Hurricane Creek, near Hyden, Kentucky. Thirty-eight miners died that day, yet another example of the terrible safety conditions of coal mining, even at a late date. This was the worst mining disaster in the United States in two years. That this happened after major federal legislation […]

Coal and Poverty

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On October 31, 2016

I am as anti-coal as anyone else. It’s a terrible energy source if you care about the future of the planet. However, there’s no question that there’s a good reason why people burn co

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