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Win Over EPA Won’t Save Southern W.Va. Coal, Experts Say

August 1, 2014

Charleston Gazette - This week, West Virginia leaders were painting a picture of the rosy future that could await the coal industry, were it not for the Obama administration. Sprinkled among comments criticizing proposed reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the state’s elected officials made it sound like the good times could be just around the corner for the coalfields — if only the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would get out of the way.

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Register for the 2014 Policy Symposium

July 15, 2014
JOIN the Fight Against Child Poverty Our Children Our Future Policy Symposium September 9 and 10, 2014 Capitol Complex, Charleston The Our Children, Our Future Campaign, a group of 160+ policy advocates, service providers, religious leaders, parents, labor and business leaders – taking action to fight child poverty, invites all those invested in improving the lives of WV’s children to a Policy Symposium in Charleston on September 9 and 10.
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Ted Boettner: What Can W.Va. Tell Thomas Piketty?

June 8, 2014
Every couple of years I read a book that dramatically changes the way I view the world. In college, it was Noam Chomsky’s penetrating critique of the mass media in “Manufacturing Consent.” In 2006, it was Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” that made me see corn everywhere and start shopping around the perimeter of our local Kroger.
 
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