Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain
Central Appalachia and Coal are almost synonymous in some people’s minds. After all, the American industrial revolution was fired primarily by Appalachian coal. The coal miner is a symbol of this region. Yet coal never has lived up to its constant pledges to bring prosperity to Appalachia. And as coal begins to play out, its supporters are ever more fervent to squeeze the last drop of profit from the blood of the mountains and their mountaineers.
CFTM Combats Appalachian Coal Abuse as Our Top Policy Issue
Appalachian coal fired the American Industrial Revolution in the 19th and 20th centuries that contributed to our nation’s powerful economy and luxuriant lifestyle. Yet this has come at a cost to coal mining regions. Cycles of boom and bust economies, exploitation of labor, ruined health, corrupted politics, degraded landscapes, and mono-economies that squeeze out economic diversity are the legacy of Appalachian coal. We pledge to stop being a national sacrifice zone, and to help remake Appalachia as vibrant, clean, sustainable, and healthy region to live for human and speices of our now present and then future generations.
Coal pollutes in every stage, from its mining, tranportation, combustion, and ash disposal. Coal is the worst fuel emitting greenhouse gasses that exacerbate climate change.
Coal extraction degrades God's creation
Coal’s excesses include mountaintop removal, acidic water, watershed destruction, and universally leads to eventual community decline, impoverishment, and worker exploitation.
Recent studies point to serious community health impairments and morbidity in mountaintop removal communities. CFTM helped lead family health research, and supports the ACHE Act that could lead to the end of moutaintop removal.
Advocacy and Action
Stop coal abuse to develop vibrant sustainable communities.
Statements on the cost of coal.
Candidates Romney and Obama Grovel and Pander Before King Coal, instead of Exposing Its Harm and more on the Election and Coal (Ken Ward)