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Giving Middle Finger to Appalachian Communities, Trump Kills Study of Mountaintop Removal Health Impacts


Giving Middle Finger to Appalachian Communities, Trump Kills Study of Mountaintop Removal Health Impacts

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Outrage has followed the Trump administration's decision late last week to put the brakes on a study into the health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining in Central Appalachia.


Paging Larry Gibson. We still need you. RIP (1946-2012).


Just look at Trump’s proposed EPA budget cuts. He could care less about the health of Americans. He doesn’t even care about the health of his supporters. Or apparently his own health for that matter since he breaths air, drinks water, and eats food. He is just a destructive force that has been unleashed on the land.


More like giving the middle finger to the whole world. Stinking narcissistic bastard.


Why would this “thing” have a heart, it doesn’t have a brain to operate it? It’s just one big anus… a walking, talking anus!


It appears that the only people Trump cares about in Appalachia are coal executives, not the people who’ve lived and worked here for generations. People here trusted him, but he is proving he didn’t deserve that trust."
Is DT’s base starting to wake up yet? They have all been played for suckers and bilked of their future. Those of us that refused to vote for this lying con man are getting the same treatment we just didn’t bring it on ourselves, which is a very empty consolation.


With stories like this and all that has been emerging out of the Trump administration I don’t think it’s unfair to refer to him as the leader of the world’s biggest “Death Cult” with the current band of congressional Republicans as his devoted henchmen.


In extremist authoritarian governance, not only does the party rule undemocratically, it utilizes this power to control information. By strangling research that would document, even further, the poisonous culture of fossil fuel politics, this autocratic power structure exists undeterred through multiple administrations. Undemocratic power = the power to lie.
The hegemony of this extremist political culture is characterized by the impossibility of legally being wrong or being perceived to be wrong. Only it knows (truly - it is the only one that can know behind the wall of secrecy and confidentiality agreements) truth, and it delivers its public versions (myths) in nontransparent, unaccountable and unassailable pronouncements that are always true. Even if it is wrong - it will still function as true and carry on.
In our corporate dominated governance, there is no possibility that research nor democracy will ever be allowed to hold it accountable. This will never happen in the governance that has ruled for decades. Appearances will be massaged to manage public acquiescence and subjugation.
It’s not just Appalachian communities - human beings are commodities and we have been bought and sold by the false center into a corrupted economic domination that has no intention of letting go.
Not until an authentic democracy is created by voters freed from the ignorance of deceptive centrism will there be the possibility of no more Appalachias, people without healthcare, authoritarian corporate-politics, nor the continuing industrial poisoning of the biosphere.