Dear Washington Post—With Love, from a West Virginian

Our self-interested politicians repeat industry talking points ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Then, editors, you print those talking points, as if they are somehow truer when they emerge from the mouth of a politician dependent on industry money for his or her job than they are when they come directly from the industry.

The Economics of Extraction Debt

No longer do Robber Barons need to plunder villages with swords and arms. With regulatory and/or judicial complicity, the extraction industry can jab a siphon into our veins and drain our lives away. They simply appropriate our air and water, and transform them into wealth for themselves. In essence, Extraction Debt is the modern weapon of corporate pillage. Launch it at a community, and watch the fiscal destruction that follows.

The Jim Justice Coal Con

See this for what it is: the robber barons are trying to pocket as much as they can, now. Jim Justice is using this "pledge" as his tool. Resource barons don't want to be responsible for the costs associated with their industries. They want US to pay, no matter the cost.

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