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Excellent post from Erik at Alterdestiny on mountain top removal in West Virginia.

It takes a mere fraction, maybe 1% or less of the people it used to take to mine coal to do it today. Many residents of Appalachia feel that the coal companies are on their side, much as the loggers of Oregon feel that way about Weyerhaeuser and Georgia Pacific. But of course it’s not true. The companies are on the side of profit and they will push for that without regard to the fate of their employees or ex-employees. Those jobs aren’t coming back. Ever.

Erik does a lot of good work debunking the myth that labor and environmental advocates need to be at odds with one another. Read the whole post.

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