Jason Howard is the coauthor of “Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal,” which was hailed by the late historian Studs Terkel as "a revelatory work." His features, essays and reviews have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Sojourners, Paste, No Depression and The Louisville Review, and his commentary has been featured on NPR
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Monday, July 09, 2012
Appalachia in Civil War Over Coal
ANYONE traveling on Interstate 77 just north of Charleston, W.Va., can’t miss the billboard perched high above the traffic, proclaiming “Obama’s No Jobs Zone,” a reference to increased regulations on the coal industry and mountaintop removal mining. Like countless other bits of pro-coal propaganda that have sprouted over the last few years across Appalachia, the sign is designed to inflame tensions — and by all counts, it’s working.