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In a victory for Making America Great (and Polluted) Again, the Trump administration has killed off a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine study reviewing health risks faced by communities near mountaintop removal mining sites. The study was approved last year by Obama’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM), part of the Department of the Interior, after requests from public groups, the state of West Virginia, and several academic experts:

Last year, the OSM committed to providing more than $1 million for the study, in response to growing pressure from citizen groups and requests from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the state Bureau for Public Health in understanding studies by experts at West Virginia University and other institutions that found increased risks of birth defects, cancer, other illnesses and premature death among residents living near mountaintop removal sites in Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.

However, while all those stakeholders may have thought the study might be useful, they overlooked one important factor: If Obama ordered it, it was obviously bad, and had to be eliminated because it was part of the War On Coal.

In what’s become a regular practice for the Trump administration, there was no announcement from the government about killing the study; rather, the researchers who were told to stop getting in the way of the coal industry had to let the media know themselves:

Academies spokesman William Kearney said in a statement that the OSM told the academies in a letter Friday to “cease all work” on the mountaintop removal study. The letter indicated that Interior had begun “an agency-wide review” of grants and cooperative agreements in excess of $100,000, “largely as a result of the Department’s changing budget situation,” the academies said.

Oh, golly, and look at the timing! The letter arrived just ahead of public meetings scheduled this week to seek input from residents in the coalfield areas. The Academies’ statement said, however, that while researchers were ordered to stop research immediately, the meetings in Kentucky would go ahead anyway, with public hearings in Hazard and Lexington Monday through Wednesday, which the public was encouraged to attend. The Academies just can’t do anything with the testimony, conveniently enough.

When the study was announced last August, a news release from the OSM

cited a “growing amount of academic research” that suggests “possible correlations” between increased public health risks and living near mountaintop removal sites. The agency said there was a need to examine existing studies, identify research gaps and look for “new approaches to safeguard the health of residents living near these types of coal-mining operations.”

Not to worry, though! The coal industry knows that there’s really no need for any more science on this matter, since that would only waste money and make people feel sad, as the New York Times reports:

Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association, said the decision to halt the study may have been justified.

“The National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences concluded in July that after examining available studies, it didn’t see evidence justifying a health hazard, noting that no conclusive evidence connected mountaintop mining with health effects and that studies often failed to account for extraneous health and lifestyle effects,” he said.

Say, kids, if you haven’t read Merchants of Doubt, about how industries use the trappings of science against real science, that’s exactly what Popovich is up to there: The actual review of researchhe’s referring to didn’t say there’s nothing to worry about; it said previous studies had flaws that prevented them from drawing firm conclusions, and called for MORE research that would rule out those variables, not giving up. Science is fun for corporations to lie about!

In any case, the Interior Department is all about being thrifty, so it’s shutting down scientific studies that aren’t worth spending money on. And since there’s some chance that this study would find out that mountaintop removal is harmful to nearby communities, it’s absolutely imperative to stop science! And if the research is stopped, then the industry can keep saying the science isn’t clear. Isn’t that a neat trick?

You know that Trump is doing what’s best for America, since the news made a tree-hugging communist mad:

Bill Price, a Sierra Club organizer in Southern West Virginia, issued a statement that called the OSM action “infuriating.”

“Trump has once again shown the people of Appalachia that we mean nothing to him,” Price said in the statement. “From his proposed budget cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission, to pushing to take away health care from thousands of Appalachian people to now stripping doctors and scientists of the ability to warn us about the health effects of mountaintop coal removal, Trump’s showing that he’s only been pretending to care about our communities.”

Hahaha, cry, liberal, cry! Donald Trump won, and your “science” is not going to get in the way of making everybody in coal country lots of money now! Or at least the coal CEOs; the people downstream can fuck off with their “cancer” and “birth defects” and “premature death,” which probably result from their bad lifestyle choices anyway, which is why they won’t get any more Medicaid, either, the takers. They want healthcare, they should join the Army and go fight in Afghanistan. Some more.

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  • Oblios_Cap

    When has coal mining ever had any bad side effects.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    Job-killing science < people-killing profit.

    • Shibusa

      That’s the coal hard fact, man.

  • mancityRed6

    the problem is the shortsightedness of the bigger business community.
    no need to worry about the consumers of tomorrow when they want that dollar today. now.
    people who work at wallyworld still have problems feeding their families and buying all their crap there, even with the discount.

  • Baconzgood

    The funny thing is in West Virginia (a pretty red state in coal country) you can talk to a local hunter or fisherman and they HATE what they call “plataueing” because it spoils game, poisons wells and streams and destroyes the picturesque country that is West Virginia.

    Some of the most environmental conscious people I ever met were red necks drunk on Bud Lite at 11AM on a Saturday.

    • mancityRed6

      it’s my day off, it’s not a Saturday, and it’s not bud lite. so…
      well, shit.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Indeed – James Carville said the “hook and bullet” crowd were often on the same side as most environmentalists on the left when it came to issues such as land conservation. It’s just a matter of what priorities they want with the land that is the difference.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      An awful lot of them, particularly in southern WV, are used to it though. I remember being in Boone County (by god) in the ’90s and seeing a pretty little stream. I asked the native I was with if the fishing was any good. He shrugged and informed me there weren’t any fish. When I asked why, he just shrugged again and pointed at the prep plant up the road.

    • mancityRed6

      they’re the ones who banded together to stop the land giveaway in Utah? I think.

    • Weird Fishes

      Man, that’s a helluva lot of Bud Light

    • arglebargle

      Yeah, but Obama is black and Hillary ain’t got no peen, so what’s your point?

      • Celtic_Gnome

        And you don’t even want to know what she does with that thing that isn’t a peen in the bathroom. I have it on good authority it’s disgusting.

        • Naytch

          At least she was home alone on Bhenghazi Eve…

  • Jeffery Campbell

    I agree we don’t need to study this anymore. We ALL KNOW that coal mining pollutes everything and kills people. What’s to study – how bad it is? It’s real fucking bad. I don’t need a study to tell me.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “I find a lack of information to be a key part of my decision making process.”
    — Donald Trump

  • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

    I think I would like it if the president* stepped out on to the balcony today and stared with his naked eyes at the sun for a few minutes more to make sure it’s not going away again like it did yesterday.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Corprat toads took my home.
    From a place they helped blow up.
    West Virginia. Mountain removal.
    Took my home. Corprat toads.

  • Relativicus

    Of the tens of millions of people who vote against their own interests (and health, and income, and lives, and…), Coal Country folks are kings.

  • A Groucho Marxist

    I think I might be noticing a pattern with these wealthy corporate guys. Like, a 241 year long pattern.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The Hudson Bay Company would like to point out it goes farther back than that.

      • A Groucho Marxist

        I know you’re right, but for the sake of the joke I went with a number I was a bit more familiar with.

      • SnarkON

        British East India Company libel!

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Fair point, but I was going for North American context.

        • Regret

          Dutch East India Company libel!
          Wait… Wikipedia tells me the British did it 2 years earlier.
          I HAVE BEEN LIED TO ALL MY LIFE!
          Fukken schools with their nationalistic lies telling me the dutch did it first. grumble, grumble.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    OT, although arguably about Americans dying because our government ignores science

    https://twitter.com/astroehlein/status/899940351611478016

    • wide_stance_hubby

      DNA has a liberal bias. Speculation proves it.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Democrats only care about catering to their base pairs!

    • mancityRed6

      oh, good, Missouri. yet another reason not to travel the 12 or so miles to the border.

    • calliecallie

      I hope some do-gooder organization can intervene! How can they fucking get away with that?

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Sister Helen has been fighting for him for a while now. Predictably, Ms. Sarandon has been a no show.

    • andyshelt

      Missouri pointed to the same DNA evidence that showed that, as well as being innocent, he was also black and said, “Fuck it, that’s good enough for us”.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        The for reals lawyers can probably dredge up the details, but at some point in the last decades the Supremes decided that at certain point in the appeals process guilt and innocence is irrelevant and you can only appeal procedural issues.

  • Me not sure
  • Beanz&Berryz

    This all has me teetering between sadz and ragey, but then I remember a line from the book I’m reading in which a good, kind loving wife says:

    “It’s unseemly of you to wallow, Jack.”

    OK… I’m pulling myself back together…

    • Serai 1

      Says who? That’s “shut up and go back to work” talk. It’s bullshit. Feel what you feel and do what you want to about it. You can’t let the world judge you too much.

  • SnarkON

    Our economy is saved!

    • A Groucho Marxist

      I spit a little.

      • arglebargle

        Quitter

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Pollution doesn’t exist if you don’t measure it.”
      — The Douchebag Uncertainty Principle

  • Ryan Denniston
    • BearLeft

      Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away.

      Thank you, John Prine.

    • Weird Fishes

      God’s country, indeed.

  • mancityRed6

    down in south east Kansas/southwest Missouri, strip mining was the thing. you cant go far without going past the hills and little ponds formed from what they left behind.
    also, this:
    http://www.bigbrutus.org/index.html

    • therblig

      in college, i visited a friend who lived in Carbon County, PA (Nesquehoning, to be exact). along with another friend, we drove out to an abandoned strip mine.

      after the coal was gone, they would let the streams “reclaim” the pit. the water was the coldest i ever remember and from the “shore”, the depth went from 6 inches to 18 inches to (probably) 100’s of feet. i can see how people cramp up and drown in them, not to mention the deep currents and heavy equipment left behind when it’s not profitable to remove it.

      file under: stupid things i did when young

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Hahaha, cry, liberal, cry! Donald Trump won, and your “science” is not
    going to get in the way of making everybody in coal country lots of
    money now!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5epuPMf-7Y

  • The “Friends of Black Lung” have issued a statement in support of the defunding of this study.

    • mancityRed6

      huh. I didn’t know it would spread to the brain.

  • wait! what?
    • GoutMachine

      Looks like the entertainment at King Joffrey’s wedding.

    • MynameisBlarney

      *Doges Of War*

    • mancityRed6

      at least I’d die laughing.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “That new art director is really starting to piss me off!”
      — William Shakespeare

    • therblig

      The Battle of Agincorgi

  • WIDTAP

    West Virginia: Wild and Toxic.

    • wait! what?

      Wild and Toxic:

      What’s a five-piece classical female group and a popular Britney Spears video?

  • La forza del resistino

    That bastard Obama. He should have endorsed every toxic policy decision possible, so Donald could come along and reverse them.

    • GoutMachine

      Sigh. So much for all that twelfth-dimensional chess he liked playing.

  • Jonny On Maui
    • mancityRed6

      what will they do with the Cook statue?

      • Jonny On Maui

        That’s a good question. Place it on his grave?

        • mancityRed6

          the curse of Lono
          also, yes

  • pgjack

    It’s too bad the history about the Trump era can’t be written in advance so we could read about the dismal impact of Trump and the Republican cowards before they destroy the country.

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    That stream looks like liquefied Trump.

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      Now we know why he cancelled the study. That polluted creek is his spray tan strategic reserve!

    • Bobathonic

      Odo the Changeling libels!

  • mancityRed6

    OT. mom let me know that dad is gonna go to a counselor for VA paid for PTSD treatment. Vietnam.
    I honestly didn’t think he had it. she tried to bring up how quick his temper was when I was younger, but I couldn’t remember it.

  • calliecallie

    OT, but I regularly these days wake up early from nightmares of living in a dystopian universe. This toxic mountaintop shit isn’t helping.
    Last night I dreamt a guy was living in a pothole. The pothole was so big he could live in it. Thanks, infrastructure week.

    • GoutMachine

      Shit, here in D.C. I sometimes think you can live in the potholes they’re so bad. (And a cheaper alternative than the real estate…)

    • Permit-holder Ron

      Sounds like you’ve been to Sarnia Ontario.

      • calliecallie

        In fact, I have, although not lately. A friend and I once walked a long way in the middle of the night through Sarnia to get back to a hotel from a bar we got a ride to. We didn’t want a ride home with those bozos. We were brave…and drunk.

  • Indiepalin

    Trump announces initiative to build coal-fired ATVs for our national forests.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Also; too; Coal-Rollin’ is now mandatory.

    • Someone think of the poor trees. If we don’t produce enough CO2 emissions won’t they suffocate?

    • WIDTAP

      Sadly, there are all those trees in the way of good ATV paths.

      • Permit-holder Ron

        Steam-powered chainsaws will take came of THAT toot sweet!

  • DesertedPictures

    I’ve got to praise Trump here: because of him, in thirty years the USA will have the most advanced and modern coal-mines in the world!

    • GoutMachine

      I can’t wait until we make horse-and-buggies great again!

        • GoutMachine

          Sweet ride, Mordecai!

          • Permit-holder Ron

            He was the first person to be on ‘Pimp My Amish Ride.’

        • DesertedPictures

          That is, with all due respect, a very big pile of horse excrement…

          The whole argument takes a bunch of strawmen and then procedes to knock them down. A couple of remarks I would like to make:
          – Wind energy, certainly in area’s that border the ocean, is very close to being profitable without any subsidies. Modern wind-turbines are vastly better than anything we have seen in the past.
          – No one is disputing that the wind isn’t blowing every day. That is why you have to have a big network. In the EU you have countries like German, the Netherlands and the scandinavian nations that are busy building a better power grid: if the wind is down in one place, the energy can be transported to another area. (or stored in water-power-stations)
          -Besides: How many times is there no wind ánd no sun?

          • mancityRed6

            “Without government subsidies to the wind industry,
            there is no wind industry.”
            yeah, it’s one of those fake news sites.

          • DesertedPictures

            First big operation of wind-energy without subsidies…

            https://english.rvo.nl/news/subsidy-free-tender-dutch-offshore-wind-farm

          • mancityRed6

            there are some further west, as this map shows
            https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cf/Kansas_wind_resource_map_50m_800.jpg
            average 16.8-18mph at 50 meters height.
            literally, it never stops blowing out there.
            this is not good if you live by a feedlot.

          • Lord Jim

            I hear you. Show me a modern industry that could have started up without capital investment. #headdesk

          • mailman27

            Good thing the gov’t doesn’t give any subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. We definitely couldn’t afford that.

          • therblig

            in the action packed climax to “Trailer Park Shark”, the hero used a wind turbine to hoist up, carve up, and blow up the great white terrorizing the flooded trailer park. Don’t tell me they can’t benefit red states.

          • I was mainly linking it for the picture of a modern horse and buggy since that was the only one I could find.

          • DesertedPictures

            And here I thought I had found a genuine conservative to debate!

            (sad…)

          • I’m a huge “conserve”-ative. I support conservation at the local, national, and international levels. I am all for conserving our natural resources, and a big proponent of alternative energy .

          • Permit-holder Ron

            Wind is an increasingly significant part of the Niagara Power Grid. Southwestern Ontario is dotted with solo turbines as well as enormous wind farms, in places where off-the-lake winds are fairly strong and steady. The sheer size of coverage means that there’s always something blowing somewhere, and the new turbines will generate power in surprisingly light breezes now.

      • Me not sure

        I’m currently looking into investing in buggy whips….For buggies!

      • elviouslyqueer

        Surrey with a fringe on top LIBEL!

      • Latverian Diplomat

        We will also have the greatest zeppelin fleet the world has ever seen!

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Go ahead and laugh, but you’ll be laughing out the other side of your mouth during the Pence administration. Those antiquated jobs like “hoop-skirt maker” and “leech wrangler” are going to make a big comeback.

  • BearLeft

    ‘Cause what’s a little birth defects, cancer, other illnesses and premature death
    compared to a few cents per share value?

    Here’s to the victims whose deaths and illnesses will eventually contribute to “conclusive evidence” sufficient to overcome naked greed.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      None of the mine owners have any birth defects or cancer or other illnesses, and they’ve been around coal mines for years… so there!! Fake News!!

  • calliecallie

    “In what’s become a regular practice for the Trump administration, there was no announcement from the government about killing the study…”
    THIS! I have definitely seen this too. I think when folks have their study killed off they need to alert the media, so we can keep the heat on this pathetic administration and their lack of respect for a transparent process.
    They recently all-but-killed a Tribal transportation assistance program, consolidating seven assistance centers into one, only telling the directors of those centers on they day of the announcement. I anticipate a law suit, if we’re lucky.

  • Michael R
  • elviouslyqueer

    Apparently Orangina’s finally found a policy that works for him: scorched earth.

    • mancityRed6

      it’s his policy, burn/tear it down and put up a piece of garbage in it’s place.

  • Scooby

    i love science in fact II Corinthians was my favorite science book

  • mancityRed6

    the fake news government run weather website says we got a tenth over 5″ of rain last night.
    yeah right, there isn’t any flooding where I can see it.
    oh, wait
    http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article168609312.html
    and again
    http://www.kansascity.com/weather/article168573032.html

    • wait! what?

      Is flooding a semi-regular thing in Kansas that’s been turned up to “11” by global warming? Branson, Mo used to get some wicked storms in the 70s but the contemporary flooding there is unreal.

    • Jonny On Maui
      • mancityRed6

        doesn’t it rain every day in Hawaii?
        my aunt and uncle lived there for a bit, dad stayed with them once. not sure which island.
        he said he woke up and there were lizards in the house. and that they had to move temporarily when the cane fields were burned.

        • Jonny On Maui

          There are places here where it rains every day. On the leeward side of the mountain, desert. A saying here, if you don’t like the weather where you are, drive 5 miles or wait 5 minutes…

          • mancityRed6

            they say the same thing for Kansas, it’s just not 5 minutes. it’s tomorrow.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Puts this patriotic poster in a whole new light, eh? Although, to be fair, it’s not just the miners, but also their families and neighbors that’ll be dying.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5cab2f92b140cf31217c5c07946c3339d831448751f1715ccc60f17565fb7f5f.jpg

  • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

    In a victory for Making America’s Waterways Great Gray-Green** Greasy Zambeezis Again…

    FTFY

    ** in some cases, of course, orange, because of course.

  • goonemeritus

    Soon Americans will once again be free to burn old tires in their driveways, free from the tyrannical governments burdensome regulations.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I’ve always wanted to beat a bald eagle to death with a baby harp seal. Lousy regulations.

      • Jonny On Maui

        Remember! Endangered animals taste the best!

        • goonemeritus

          I have found the California Condor to be stringy and really gamey.

          • Lord Jim

            Have you tried the spotted owl? Cooked medium rare with a light hollandaise, it is deeee-LISH!

          • goonemeritus

            You can’t it just one.

          • Jonny On Maui

            Gotta brine ’em first…

  • Slithytoves

    OT: Peggy Noonan hired by MSNBC. First the eclipse and now this.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      First sign of the Apocalypse… check!

    • Joe Beese

      Why? Why does it do things like that?

      • TJ Barke

        Cuz management wants that fox money.

        • HooverVilles

          Ding ding ding

      • mailman27

        Because there aren’t enough conservative voices on TV. (FFS)

    • Oblios_Cap

      Boy, her liquor bill will really run up her expense account.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Dear Rachel,

      She keeps her gin in an unlocked cabinet. Just ask for Manuel and he’ll show you right where it is.

      You’re welcome.

      EQ

    • Yellerduck

      Things just keep getting dimmer and dimmer.

  • goonemeritus

    It’s almost like he intentionally trying to kill off red state voters.

  • Rick Hill

    Government as a business=this

  • therblig

    you voted for him, fuckers. enjoy your hellscape.

  • Edith Prickly
  • Rick Hill

    So, all things considered, will trump and his lackeys be sued when they enable the resulting deaths and ruined lives?

  • SCK

    What a lying bunch of fuckers.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
    • wait! what?

      Turning off the sprinkler system should help, too…

  • La forza del resistino

    To all you environmental science majors at Morgantown or Lexington, eff you. Grab a helmet and shovel and get a real job.

    • Augustus

      I absolutely adored my time in Morgantown, what a cool town!

      I got the fuck out of West Virginia immediately after graduation though.

  • DesertedPictures

    Instead of constantly focussing on keeping a dying industry alive, it should try to find a new purpose for itself.
    A European (former Dutch state) company that started as a mining operation is now one of the leading companies in the world in biotech after it was forced to close it’s mines thirty years ago. (a Belgium company did something similar). That should be something you focus on: how can you keep businesses alive an people working, even after their original purpose has disapeared…
    https://seekingalpha.com/article/3449956-3_24-percent-yield-dutch-specialty-chemical-maker-dsm

    • jesterpunk

      But they dont want new jobs they want their old jobs or else.Just ask the people in Aberdeen Washington who voted for Trump.

      http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Trump-won-places-drowning-in-despair-Can-he-save-11947508.php

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Aberdeen has been a backwater for over half a century. Its boom was more than a century ago. Extraction industry town dies. This is a very old story.

        • jesterpunk

          But the papers all decided to interview Trump supporters about their feelings and picked Aberdeen last weekend.

        • Naytch

          Make whaling great again!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This requires thought.

      MBAs need not apply.

    • Permit-holder Ron

      But that would be HARD! Plus it would require SPENDING MONEY, and it would REDUCE PROFITS for a while. Clearly you have no idea how an AMERICAN business works!

    • American companies give no fucks about longevity. It is all about how much they can make today

    • phoenix00

      I seem to remember SHE had something called a “clean energy re-education plan” or somesuch, but she also had e-mails and that was so bad, very bad, bad bad.

  • Michael Smith

    If we let the government start telling coal companies what they aren’t allowed to do, next thing you know, they’ll be telling us what we aren’t allowed to do!!!! They’ll take our guns and outlaw Christianity!! We’re all in this together!!!!!!!!

    • Covfefe

      They came for the coal, and I said nothing. . . .

      • Permit-holder Ron

        … because I wasn’t a 70-year-old steam engine.

        • Naytch

          John Henry is doing tremendous things, he is steel-driving more and more these days. Not a lot of people know that…

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

    What do we want??
    BLACK LUNG!
    When do we want it?
    NOW!!!

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    Has anyone come up with an idea to sell a product that fewer and fewer people want? I’m not saying that’s an issue, I’m sure we’ll find a way. I guess it’s just a matter of making people buy something that practically worthless, and that they, therefore, don’t want to buy. Hey! If the coal people talked to the health insurance people….

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Are you getting my hopes up for the return of Betamax?

      • Permit-holder Ron

        U-matic libel!

    • Rick Hill

      Why? Because they are owned by stoopid old white men who think something something something will happen if they try to learn how to do anything but suck eggs

      • Rick Hill

        Also, company stores. you can’t have your thumb on a township or county if people can make a living doing something else

    • jesterpunk

      Rick Perry did, he said if they increase the supply the demand will come and they will make eleventy billion dollars.

      • II Gosala

        thanks. I was trying to remember who uttered that completely upside down theory of supply and demand.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      RJ Reynolds is still in business.

    • Government subsidy. For reals

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    It is as though this stupid, grotesque administration were designed as nothing more than a parody of exactly how Democrats have said Republicans would run things. Except how many Republicans have actually been in favor of dumping coal mining waste into streams and all the other stupid things it does. Who is coming up with this stuff? Who is thinking it is a good idea?
    “Look, the truth is, these guys aren’t very bright and things got out of hand”

    • DesertedPictures

      That might be the problem: you know all those over the top theories of what liberals are going to do once they are in power? (Take away all the guns, giving everyone obama-phones, and mark anyone with the sign of the beast?) They think their theories are absolutely right? Why? Because liberal’s worst fears about conservatives actually are true and they knew it!

  • “Trump had taken us from the dark underground to the top of mountains” Says some drunk a-hole in WV.

  • OutOfOrbit

    one danger our Forefathers did not foresee was a situation where all 3 branches of the Fed are corrupt at the same time

    • Yeah they did. Hence the real reason for the allmighty 2nd. No reli

      • OutOfOrbit

        but then we have laws against sedition, so there’s your paradoxical Catch-22, ergo we can have all the guns, but we cannut use’em to overthrow etc etc &c

      • VirginiaWackelpudding

        Yup. And the one resent example of a citizen doing that freaked the GOP the slam fuck out. Now they hide from their constituents before and after voting to hurt us.

  • Crystalclear12

    Killing off your dwindling base seems like a bad idea but you be you, Donnie!

    • h4rr4r

      Donnie will be dead long before that is a problem.

      • miss_grundy

        Yep, he will eat himself to death.

    • Sadly they do not care. These people have no education and no future. They have been brainwashed into blaming everyone else because they were ignored. They will keep voting for this until they die and then their children will vote for it.

      • That’s an interesting thought, but it is more like, they’ve been brainwashed into thinking that good jobs will never come to them, so they’ve got to accept living in Cancer Alley in order to have any jobs at all. And, now the ding dang dumb libels want to come along and install peoples of colors and immigrants ahead of them in line and to salt the wounds, expect them to have empathy for them! They’ve been waiting their whole lives for the likes of Manchin and McConnel and Babi Jindel to give them the American dream and now the ding dang dumb Dumbocrats have gone and screwed that up for them.

  • TJ Barke

    The biggest regulatory capture in history?

  • MynameisBlarney

    This is West “BY GOAWD” Virginny!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TtHCOPPL1w

  • h4rr4r

    It is almost like elections have consequences.

    • HooverVilles

      Good lesson for ~ 90,000,000 apathetic Hillary is obviously going to win voters and purity pony protest voters.
      The question is will they learn that lesson for 2018 And 2020?

  • Permit-holder Ron

    Is there going to be any ‘America’ LEFT when you finally oust Twitler from his stolen office?

  • Bitter Scribe

    To all the coal miners who voted for Trump: This is what he meant when he said he would get rid of “job-killing regulations.”

    • DesertedPictures

      He promised to get rid of job killing regulations… he never claimed to get rid of jobs that kill you.

  • Mavenmaven

    He’ll shut down the Russia investigation the same way.

    • miss_grundy

      He can do that to a government committee but not to Mueller who has a lot of eyes watching him. All of Tangerini’s dirty deeds will see the light of day.

      • Mavenmaven

        From your mouth to God’s ears…

      • HooverVilles

        The sooner the better.

  • Swampay

    In the fifties, US didn’t give a shit about the environment or health. In the fifties, our economy boomed. Ergo, to make the economy boom, we have to stop caring about the environment or health. It’s simple logic folks.

    The fact that we were the only functioning modern economy in the world then is purely coincidental

  • miss_grundy

    Perhaps a Deep Throat type of individual could give the findings to a couple of reporters so thosemfindings could be published.

    • Lord Jim

      Maybe Trump could ask some Russian hackers to find the report.

  • waspuppet

    “The National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences concluded in July that after examining available studies, it didn’t see evidence justifying a health hazard, noting that no conclusive evidence connected mountaintop mining with health effects and that studies often failed to account for extraneous health and lifestyle effects,” he said.

    Well, as Benghazi has taught us, if a preliminary round of inquiry is inconclusive, conservatives believe you should drop the subject immediately and entirely.

    • covfefesumgame0005

      except BENGHAZI!!! of course…

  • Zyxomma

    If you want to help the people who LIVE in coal country, this is a great organization: http://crmw.net That’s Coal River Mountain Watch. They’ve installed solar panels and done other great things in the region.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Why are we even still studying this? We have known for 40 years that mountaintop mining is a very bad idea. What am I saying? We have known for 80 years that Nazis are a bad idea, yet we still keep fighting that fight.

    • willi0000000

      all part of the wear-them-down strategy . . . we’re still fighting to keep Roe v Wade on the books too.

      Dcrtats had better get off their asses and 50-state and GOTV like mad this year and next or we’re completely sunk!

      [ does anybody think that they aren’t going to bring a challenge to R v W now that they have the gorsucker on the bench? ]

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I’ve been waiting to see it ever since 11/9. They will do it, and we are preparing for it, believe me.

  • whitroth

    Let’s remember that a century and more ago, operators came to rural folks in those areas, and bought all mineral rights to their land. Now, they thought they’d skinned the city-slicker suckers.

    Um, nope. From a mid-60’s NYT story, a woman had to watch as the early mountaintop removal shits went right through the family graveyard, and she saw the coffin of the baby she’d just buried a few months before go flying through the air.

    Literally.

  • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

    ye gods, this is terrible.

    There’s some kind of mining pit nearby, i think they just dig up rock for cement or something. Perhaps a max one mile away is a middle school.

    Years ago, they did a study and found the earth in the school playground had all kinds of crazy metals in concerning amounts in it.

  • Deborah Ujevich

    Well, I LIVE in WV. Not from here, either, which makes this all the more infuriating. The “industry” in the center of the state is…meth labs. I live in Charleston, & people drive SIXTY MILES ONE WAY for a $10/hr job. They LOATHE Obama, LOVE Trump and aren’t interested in pursuing any economic diversity initiatives because, that coal industry is coming back any day now!! WV is in a Hunger Games caliber race with MS to lead the nation in the “everything that you absolutely don’t want to happen to you, including premature nonliving status” category.

  • little miss high and mighty

    Sumbuddy’s (MTR-happys) gotta get theirselfs a copy of J.Franzen’s “FREEDOM”
    Then they’s must get to readin’ it- fast, while there’s still tops to remove!

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