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Museum Remembers Coal Mining Tradition in West Virginia

I’m proud of the tiny wrench stamped with “Ford” on it from my grandfather’s tool collection.  It’s a relic from his years of working at the Ford Garage and other garages before that, where he was known for his ability to tinker with automobiles and fix just about anything.  While the Model T went only […]

Continue Reading By on June 29, 2015 in Appalachia, coal, energy, natural resources, travel, with our own hands

Green Goes Mainstream: Kentucky Coal Businessmen See Potential in Renewable Energy

Climate change concerns versus coal dust celebrations, clean air rules versus community freedoms, environmental ideals versus mining jobs? What if the way America’s been debating its energy future is based on false dichotomies?  What if the very industry blamed in part for climate destruction has the most power to build a renewable energy future?  In […]

Continue Reading By on July 29, 2014 in Appalachia, energy, environment, mountains, MTR, outdoors, solar, sustainable

The Ugly Side of Climate-Changing Coal

We feel uncomfortable looking at pictures like this, don’t we?  We didn’t directly destroy this mountain and its ecosystem and pollute the water nearby.  We didn’t directly contribute to fossil-fueled climate change.  We just turned on a light switch. Revisit this story of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia and hear the voices speaking up for […]

Continue Reading By on March 12, 2014 in air, Appalachia, climate change, coal, MTR

Chemical Spill Leaves Many West Virginians Without Clean Tap Water, Unclear When It Will Be Safe

Days after an industrial chemical spill was discovered in West Virginia, people in all or part of nine counties are still unable to use their tap water.  Governor Tomblin’s office Tweeted another reminder for residents. REMINDER: Do Not Use order still in effect for parts of Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam & […]

Continue Reading By on January 14, 2014 in Appalachia, clean water, safer chemicals, safety

Retired Coal Miner Calls for Cleaner Energy Future

Carl Shoupe Retired coal miner, veteran, grandfather Carl Shoupe is a veteran of both the Vietnam War and underground coal mining, so he’s no stranger to old-fashioned hard work.  These days, he’s deeply troubled that hard-working Appalachian values are being exploited, with native Eastern Kentuckians like himself and his neighbors never to see any good […]

Continue Reading By on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized