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To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
by Chad Montrie
Surface coal mining has had a dramatic impact on the Appalachian economy and ecology since World War II, exacerbating the region's chronic unemployment and destroying much of its natural environment. Here, Chad Montrie examines the twentieth-century movement to outlaw surface mining in Appalachia, tracing popular opposition to the industry from its inception through the gr ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 31st 2003 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published March 10th 2003)
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Just under half of the U.S. energy grid is still powered by coal, popularly understood to be the fuel of the 19th century. In the dominant oil crisis rhetoric the biggest problems with fossil fuel resources are a) their limited supply and b) the pollution from burning them. The extraction process doesn't get much attention. But as Montrie's book shows, mining coal in Appalachia has always been intensely destructive, of local ecology, community, and human life, and there have always been people d ...more