West Virginia State Senator Jon Hunter recently introduced legislation to ban mountain top removal coal mining. “I introduced Senate Bill 588 because I fervently believe that God did not intend for us to destroy the mountains, the streams, the forests and His people in order to mine coal,” Sen. Hunter said. Chuck Nelson, a former deep miner and now an organizer for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, added in a Charleston Gazette article,  “Many state legislators must know in their hearts that mountaintop removal coal mining is a national disgrace. They must know this is the worst environmental destruction going on in North America. I’m so glad this legislation has finally been introduced.”

The legislation has been sent to the Energy, Mining, and Industry committee.
Meanwhile, the popular Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has refused to sell anymore oil to Exxon Mobil. Exxon was thrown out of the country during the popular revolution and recently filed suit in England to recovery their appropriated property. Wouldn’t it be nice if West Virginia would expel out-of state extractive industries which, like Exxon, expropriated resources via shady political deals, degraded the environment, and left millions impoverished while ciphering away billions.  Chavez may be demonized by American politicians, and for some reasons rightly so, but it cannot be denied that WV would be in much better shape if its resources were owned by the public and not Massey Coal. Props to Chavez for standing up to the empire of neo-liberalism. May other colonists follow his example.


2 Responses to “Props”

  1. I should mention that mountain top removal is also happening in Venezuela. As in America, it is happening in historically oppressed regions inhabitated by culturally stereotyped peoples (in Venezuela’s case, indigenous Americans).

    This shows the limits of socialism. Unless communities are impowered, it is very easy for leaders to exploit segments of the population.

    Nevertheless, Chavez should still be applauded for keeping the billions made in Venezuela, in Venezuela, especially considering the pressures of the world’s Giant 8 to open up the world to the tentacles of multinationals.

  2. Ambitious. Dare we hope?

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