• This Land: Environmental Protection Agency Workers Are Demoralized For A Reason

    Imagine being one of the employees at whatever agency preceded the Ministry of Truth before Big Brother took over in the novel 1984. Your job at that agency was actually to tell the truth, to get out genuine, useful information to the public you served.

    Then Big Brother takes over, and your job becomes fabricating propaganda to serve Big Brother’s » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Appalachia Knows Well The Pain Automation Could Cause America

    I read and watched a lot of science fiction as a kid, and remember thinking how cool it would be when robots were as commonplace as I assumed jetpacks and flying cars would one day be. Who wouldn’t want Rosie the Robot doing the laundry and cooking dinner? Or the Lost In Space Robot alerting you to danger, Will Robinson?

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  • Federal Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Fails People and the Environment

    An analysis of environmental impacts for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is completely inadequate and falls far short of legal requirements.  This is the overwhelming consensus of thousands of comments filed this week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The agency had issued on December 30 a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed 600-mile natural gas pipeline » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Gutting Climate Change And Pollution Rules Won’t Bring Back Coal Jobs

    Predictably using coal miners as props, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday seeking to gut President Obama’s climate change initiatives and ending a moratorium on leasing federal land for coal mining. He’s already undone several coal-related pollution regulations. At the climate change signing ceremony, he once more promised his actions would bring back thousands of coal jobs.

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  • Groups Challenge Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Approval of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline


    Washington, DC — Today, the Sierra Club, Lancaster Against Pipelines, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness, Allegheny Defense Project, Clean Air Council, Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County, and Heartwood filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.  The pipeline would clear » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Trump’s Budget Would Hit His Appalachian Voters Hard

    Voters in Appalachia gave Donald Trump a lot of love on Election Day, providing some of his widest margins in the nation. But, like most malignant narcissists, Trump appears incapable of returning that love with anything but loathing and disdain.

    Sure, he made smooth promises during the campaign and even during his inauguration. He’d bring back coal. “Today we are » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Republican Health Care Plan Would Be Devastating To Appalachia

    The Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare looked like a disaster the moment it was introduced, but now that the Congressional Budget Office has released its study of the bill’s impact and its architects have had more time to attempt to defend it, I think it’s safe to say that passage of the American Health Care Act would » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Capito Due Some Credit For Trying To Keep Medicaid Expansion Coverage


    Republicans have been trying to undo Obamacare since before the bill even became law when President Barrack Obama signed it on March 23, 2010. House Republicans passed literally dozens of bills to repeal it. They fought it in the courts. They insisted, repeatedly, that Obamacare was a disaster and that they had a better plan.

    With Donald Trump’s unlikely » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: There are many reasons to oppose natural gas pipelines

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rightly lauded decisions by two West Coast breweries to build East Coast facilities in Virginia. But he doesn’t seem to truly understand why Virginia — and specifically the Roanoke area — appealed to those executives.

    One of the coolest things about living in Roanoke — and there are many — is easy access to the » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Why Everyone Should Be Afraid Of Steve Bannon’s White House Ascent

    The resignation of Donald Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn Monday night is the latest sign of turmoil and incompetence from the White House. His resignation apparently became inevitable after The Washington Post reported that, despite his denials and the denials of Vice President Mike Pence, Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama during a » Continue Reading. Continue reading

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