12 Jun '11, 9pm

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Others March to Save Historic Mountain from Mining

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Others March to Save Historic Mountain from Mining

Any greenie will tell you that mountaintop removal mining is a bad idea. Not only does the practice— which involves blowing the top of mountains off with explosives— destroy acres and acres of forest and habitats for many (sometimes endangered) species of animals, but the end result is often more coal to be burned in CO2-emitting power plants. But there’s another reason why hundreds of protesters marched 50 miles from Charleston, West Virginia to Blair Mountain and joined up with an estimated 1,500 more in order to protest strip mining on the site: the mountain is a historic landmark. In 1921, a battle took place at Blair Mountain between 10,000 coal miners and the mine operators. The fight, which took the lives of hundreds, was over the miners’ right to organize, and is often credited as being one of the major events in starting the labor movement of the 20th century. Sav...

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