The Wheeling Alternative

Talking about coal

Republicans vs. Democrats

Here is an interesting study of language usage related to coal by a group of data scientists:

It’s easy to say that coal carries political weight in America, but who actually talks about “coal” in Washington — and why? Using a huge trove of the public statements of members of Congress, we crunched the data from 2010 through . . .

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May 29, 2015

Blood on the Mountain

New documentary about coal and West Virginia premieres

The Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, and Earthjustice hosted the world premier of Blood on the Mountain at the Workers Unite! Film Festival last night. Here is a description of the film from the film's website:

“Blood on the Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from . . .

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May 27, 2015

Just make it up -- what to do when you have no evidence for your case

The Intelligencer on Obamacare

Today's attack on Obamacare by the Wheeling "newspapers" begins:

Mark this one down in your amazing-but-true book: Liberals in Congress admit they made a mistake on Obamacare.

With an introductory sentence like that you would expect to read the names of some of these liberals and then why they now . . .

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May 26, 2015

Making Sense?

Michael Myer on energy

Myer criticizes U.S. energy policy for not making sense

The Michael Myer column,"U.S. Energy Policy Makes No Sense," begins by taking us back 40 years:

More than one-fourth of the oil we use in this country comes from other nations. We import nearly twice as much as we did in 1973-74, when the Arab oil embargo . . .

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May 25, 2015

Club for Growth to air commercials attacking Representative McKinley starting tomorrow

What have you done for us lately, David?

The National Journal is reporting that the Club for Growth (which has ties to the Koch brothers) will be sponsoring negative TV ads attacking Representative David McKinley starting tomorrow in WV's First Congressional District:

The conservative Club for Growth will launch a new round of TV and digital ads targeting four . . .

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May 21, 2015

Intelligencer encourages debates

(except when Republicans are involved)

Today's editorial on having Democratic candidates debate isn't about West Virginia but it does illustrate another Intelligencer hypocrisy. It seems that the paper is all in favor of debates if it means that the likely Democratic candidate might be hurt by them but conveniently avoids the subject when it's applied to Republicans.

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May 21, 2015

Current reporting from the "war on coal"

Washington Post asks if the "war on coal" is really a "war on wasting energy"

Lost in all the hype on how the President's clean power plan is part of the "war on coal" is the distinct possibility that the plan would lower carbon emissions and make for more efficient use of energy resources. As Chris . . .

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May 19, 2015

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