Signaling a watershed shift in recognizing the national health crisis from cancer-linked strip mining in central Appalachia, more than 200,000 people have signed historic CREDO Action and Earthjustice petitions, calling on Congress to pass theAppalachian Communities Health Emergency Act (H.R. 912) and enact a moratorium on new mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR).
One of the most telling moments in the new film documentary, "Blood on the Mountain," draws from 2008 footage of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who calmly mumbles his replies to numerous questions on mine safety at a hearing. When asked if he knows how many coal miners have died in Massey mines since it had become a publicly traded company in the last eight years, the notorious "dark lord" of the coal industry shakes his head and says no. Filmmakers Mari-Lynn Evans and Jordan Freeman allow for a gut-wrenching moment of silence, having methodically chronicled the industry's treadmill of violation-ridden disasters, and then provide the answer: 52 deaths under Blankenship as CEO of Massey Energy.
The Washington University Students Against Peabody Energy ruined my Earth Day. They sent me footage of a recent fact-finding trip to Saline County, Illinois, where some of my family members, friends and farmers are being blasted by nearby Peabody Energy strip-mining operations.
Dust produced by mountaintop removal mining sites are a known cancer risk, but little has been done to protect inhabitants of Appalachia
For many in central Appalachia, the fight against reckless strip mining operations recalls a popular t-shirt in West Virginia: “Save the Endangered Hillbilly.” It’s not really a joke; decades of contempt and disregard for rural mountaineers underscore an existence no less threatened than local wildlife.
In our post-modern (or post-post-modern?) age, we are supposedly transcending the material certainties of the past. The virtual world of the Internet is replacing the “real,” material world, as theory asks us to question the very notion of reality. Yet that virtual world turns out to rely heavily on some…
Despite laws on the books, the median woman in America working full-time throughout the year is still paid just 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man. In an effort to narrow wage discrimination and a persistent gender pay gap, President Barack Obama unveiled new rules on Friday that…
Paul Mason, ardent critic of neoliberalism, sees a new epoch ahead. Economics professors like to demonstrate the inherent flaws of Soviet-style command economies by asking students to imagine what would have happened if the Soviet Union had tried to create Starbucks. Presumably, a Soviet Starbucks would have offered only two…
More than 20 congressional Democrats invited Muslim guests to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address Tuesday, to counter what they say is negative rhetoric on Capitol Hill and speeches on the presidential campaign trail.
'It is inhumane for DHS officials to disregard these threats and cause fear and anguish for immigrant families,' say Progressive Caucus co-chairs
Rick Perlstein on the Chicago mayor; Adam Gopnik and Amy Wilentz on Charlie Hebdo; and Rebecca Solnit on climate change in the Himalayas.
'To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat'
More than one a day. That is how often mass shootings (four or more people wounded or dead) occurred in the United States this year. Including the worst shooting of the year (so far), which unfolded only yesterday in San Bernardino, a total of 462 people have died and 1,314 have been…
Right now, the future seems dark and frightening and it is precisely now that we must continue to imagine other worlds and then plot ways to get there.
Study of Forbes 400 finds nation's wealthiest own more wealth than the bottom 61 percent of the country, or 194 million people