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The Wheeling Alternative

Divorcing ourselves from reality

Renewable energy and the future of West Virginia

The McClatchy News Service published an article about the growth of jobs in the renewable energy sector on Wednesday. Here's the lede:

Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth in the United States this . . .

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April 24, 2015

"Same As It Ever Was" -- the Bob Murray Wheeling area service organization tour continues

Murray speaks to the St. Clairsville Rotary

The CEO of Murray Energy, Bob Murray, added yet another Wheeling area service club to his local speaking tour and once again a reporter for Ogden newspapers was there to cover it. From the description in the Intelligencer, yesterday's speech to the St. Clairsville Rotary was apparently very similar to the ones that he delivered to the . . .

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April 22, 2015

Coal ash

The Intelligencer once again ignores its harms

This morning's Intelligencer editorial on coal ash tells us why we need local Representative David McKinley's proposal to limit the EPA's oversight of coal ash. The editorial gives the reader the impression that coal ash is just a harmless byproduct of the use of coal by electric plants. (Hey, it's "used in a variety of . . .

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April 21, 2015

More "war on coal" perspectives

"The presence of the coal industry has kept these communities in a state of dependence, and not allowed them to develop a real economy beyond coal. Whether we pine for the days of these jobs or not, they’re not coming back. We have to get beyond this state of dependency." - - Richard Martin in "Coal Wars."

Two weeks ago I wrote about a new book, journalist Richard Martin's Coal Wars. Late last week, two additional articles used Martin's book as a starting place for a discussion of the "war on coal."

Tim McDonnell of Grist looked at Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell's attempt to change the inevitable future in . . .

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April 20, 2015

What have our senators been doing lately?

Democrat-in-name-only (DINO) Joe Manchin

Both of these votes have garnered very little notice from the media.

The Estate Tax

Three weeks ago I wrote about Manchin being the only Democrat to vote for an amendment that would have eliminated the Estate Tax. (See "Odds and Ends" April 3 at . . .

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April 19, 2015

Is it really Tax Freedom Day?

Blaming the Federal Government

It's tax time so it's no surprise that our local "newspaper" uses the day to rail against the federal government. Today's editorial, Federal Taxes Out of Control, tells us about the Tax Foundation findings on when we no longer work for the government.

Each year at about this time, coinciding with the April . . .

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April 16, 2015

Time for another pro-coal/Murray Energy article from the Intelligencer

Jobs cuts blamed on Obama, the EPA, the Sierra Club, and Michael Bloomberg

Yesterday's front page Intelligencer article , describes in the first two paragraphs that Murray Energy is cutting 214 coal jobs locally. Other than the last paragraph, the rest of the article is an attack on President Obama, the EPA, the Sierra Club, and Michael Bloomberg for his "Beyond Coal" campaign.

This article . . .

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April 16, 2015

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