The Meaning of Anti-Coal in West Virginia

The meaning of anti-coal in West Virginia is broad.  To be against coal doesn’t mean to be against the mining and use of coal. Thanks to the Coal Industry’s intensive PR campaign, to be against mountaintop removal, a relatively new mining process in which 1/4 to 2/3 of a mountain is blown away and its debris pushed into the surrounding stream-valleys, also means to be anti-coal.

But it doesn’t even stop there. According to the WV delegates who opposed the coal river wind resolution (over half of them), it is anti-coal to support the preservation of ONE mountain from destruction so that it can be used as a wind farm that will bring more jobs, safer jobs, and clean energy.

Lurking in the shadows of the WV State House, Friends of Coal (FOC) President Bill Raney worked assiduously to build opposition to the coal river wind resolution. A description of his actions can be read in my post “Coal Cowards Take Name Off Dead Resolution.”

 The coal industry created the PR front group Friends of Coal primarily to change the meaning of pro-coal to pro-mountaintop removal.  Though touted as a “grass-roots” campaign, FOC actually gets most of its funding from executives and  major stockholders. Miners and their families are “strongly encouraged” to display FOC propaganda to give the PR group the image of a popular movement.  Friends of Coal is not grass-roots. It is more like lespidesia-roots, the asian weed sprayed on barren mountaintop removal sites like astroturf; it might look like grass, but it is simpy a coal industry prop that requires alot of expensive fertilizer–nitrogen and bullshit.

In the early days, to be anti-coal could mean being against child labor laws, unions, and basic safety resolutions.  Today, to be anti-coal means supporting the construction of a wind industry or the listing of Blair Mountain on the National Historic Register.

Reality is relative only in the sense that our comprehension of it can be maniputlated. With enough money and enough determinition, the minions of King Coal have changed the real meaning of anti-coal to define anything that could negatively affect the bottom-line of a few multinational corporations.

War is Peace. Destruction is Beauty. Profit is Progress.

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2 Responses to “The Meaning of Anti-Coal in West Virginia”

  1. Barren, nitrogen, and bullshit fed coal industry “prop” ? Typical enviro-green “propaganda”! Iwould suggest you visit http://www.kentuckycoal.org and have a look at the reclamation gallery , or go to http://www.mtmcoalition.com.

    • I have walked on many “reclamation” sites.

      After 20-30 years, a few scrub bushes will grow. With enough money and effort a chestnut tree may grow, but chestnuts would grow anywhere if it wasn’t for the blight.

      The mixed mesophytic forest, with its 30 co-dominant hardwoods, 30 plus variety of ferns, and over 1000 species of herbs, are gone forever. So are the fresh headwater streams.

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