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Erin Ann Thomas

Monthly Archives: July 2012

Wind Power

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins Early in April, when the trees were just beginning to sprout leaves, I traveled to Pennsylvania to inspect the current most feasible alternative to coal. Garrett and Meyersdale are former coal mining communities nestled in hills. The topography did not rise sufficiently to meet my classification of mountain country, but the land rippled into a contour that made me feel at home. As in Appalachia, turning off a major highway plunged …

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A Visit to Big Pit Mining Museum; South Wales

┬áThe Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins Once my eyes adjusted, I sensed a cave-like coolness. I could hear water dripping, and the light from our lamps reflected against slick walls. I felt what the miners meant by the bowels of the earth. In a sense walking in a coal mine was like being swallowed. The stone seeped, suggesting the digestive juices of a black stomach. I understood why on every descent miners considered the possibility of never …

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Mountain Top Removal: The Beginning

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins As the twentieth century progressed, the idea of the interconnectedness of man and nature gained ground, pricking the nation’s environmental conscience. A poem printed in the United Mine Workers’ Journal in 1950 demonstrates that the union was beginning to anticipate the effect that this would have on the industry: “We should practice conservation / We know we should not waste / the national resources of the nation / yet the greatest …

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