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A Coal CEO’s Prayer

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On November 8, 2012
My new favorite post-election reaction goes to Robert E. Murray, CEO of Murray Energy. He sent this prayer to America out to his workers, followed by his view of the nation’s future: Dear Lord: The American people have made their choice. They have decided that America must change its course, away from the principals of […]
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On this date 92 years ago, the Matewan Massacre took place in the small town of Matewan, West Virginia. In January 1920, the United Mine Workers of America had a new president: John L. Lewis. Lewis, who would become one of the most powerful labor leaders in American history, wanted to organize the miners of […]
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Mining Companies Are Our Friends

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On February 23, 2012
You can tell that mining companies have our interests in mind because of their deeply-held commitment to ensuring that poisonous heavy metals don’t seep into the ecosystem. Photographs of variously mutated brown trout were relegated to an appendix of a scientific study commissioned by the J. R. Simplot Company, whose mining operations have polluted nearby […]

Mining

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On January 12, 2012

There is much to agree with in this op-ed about the General Mining Act of 1872. One of the most pernicious laws in American environmental history, the General Mining Act gives hard-rock mine owners pr

Mountain

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On March 22, 2005

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

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