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Alabama Coal Strike

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On July 28, 2021
Coal miners in Alabama have been on strike for months now and it is finally getting some attention from the media. Here’s a good piece on it from Luis Feliz Leon in The American Prospect. WARRIOR MET COAL is a unique example of that phenomenon. In 2016, the previous owner, Jim Walter Resources, went bankrupt, […]
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“Clean Coal”

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On March 17, 2021
Clean coal may be the most absurd right-wing euphemism since right to work. There ain’t nothing clean about clean coal. It’s nasty and horrible. And in fact, it may actually increase pollution: Following the emergence of evidence that power plants using a chemically treated coal—purportedly designed to reduce smog—generated more smokestack pollution not less, the […]

The Wages of Coal

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On September 17, 2020

I can see why Appalachian white workers are so hopped up on their Democrat War on Coal signs and bumper stickers. After all, when has the coal industry not paid off for the everyday worker? It’s

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Elk and Mountaintop Removal

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On July 6, 2020
This is such a weird story. Mountaintop removal is a horrible, nasty, awful thing, one that reshapes an entire region’s geology, some of the oldest mountains in the world, and dumps toxins in the region so that rich coal executives can make the planet uninhabitable in a century, when they will be dead after spending […]
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