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Zombie Mines

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On September 5, 2019
This is an excellent story about a serious environmental problem and the ridiculous lack of meaningful corporate oversight in the United States. Mining is incredibly environmentally destructive and mining companies are often owned by horrible people who won’t spend one cent to ensure the people who live these mines don’t get poisoned. Mines routinely close […]
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On April 18, 1912, coal miners along Paint Creek and Cabin Creek in West Virginia went on strike to protest the terrible conditions of their lives. This event served as the beginning of the West Virginia Mine Wars that dominated the state over the next year. The isolation and geography of West Virginia allowed coal […]
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On January 23, 1890, the United Mine Workers of America formed. One of the most important labor unions in American history, examining the foundation of the UMWA is a window into the position and idea of workers in the late 19th century, as well as the great challenges they faced. Coal miners worked an absolutely […]
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That Pro-Coal Trump!

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On November 17, 2017
Meet your newly confirmed Mine Safety and Health Administration head David Zatezalo: The coal mining company run by President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s top mining regulator has already come under criticism for weaknesses in its safety record. It turns out the company was also found by the government to have illegally retaliated […]
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