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.