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The Fossil Fuel Scam

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On April 19, 2021
The West Virginia energy industry is a gift that truly keeps on giving. This is just ridiculous. In September 2020, West Virginia’s chief utility regulator told the state’s natural gas customers that she had good news: Their bills were about to drop significantly thanks to the state’s drilling boom and the declining price of wholesale […]
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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 pure gold! And if there’s one thing you can say about the coal industry, it’s that the coal barons […]
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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 […]

Strikes Work

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On February 19, 2019

Boom! West Virginia's educators just won their strike! A few minutes ago, they forced the House to kill the Republicans' pro-privatization bill, 53-45. Strikes work — check out this video of

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The Wages of Coal

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On December 9, 2018
West Virginia definitely needs to double down on coal: Each morning Tina Coleman turns her faucet, she waits to see what color the water will be when, or if, it flows out. Some days it’s blue or green — earthy tones that could be comforting in a river bed surrounded by trees, instead of filling […]
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