“Coal Dead”- Interview with Jeff BiggerReckoning at Eagle Creek:The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland (AlterNet)MediaNews from PlanetShifter.comhttp://www.planetshifter.com/node/1516
"Our coal industry went through a century of homicidal negligence, for the most part.
And in the process, it also put a death knell of sorts--a true stranglehold--on any
kind of economical diversification in the coalfield regions. (Coal, by the way, is
mined in over 20 states.) Over the past 150 years, our coalfield communities have
been subjected to the boom-bust whims of absentee coal companies and the dirty
energy market. The end result: Coalfield communities rank among those counties with
the highest unemployment, poverty and worst health care factors, while billions and
billions of dollars of coal have been trained and trucked away."