Appalachia's Last Stand
The Appalachian Mountains
Must Not Be Sacrificed for Cheap Energy


This volume was compiled by a consortium of Appalachian writers and photographers.
Edited by Delilah F. O'Haynes, Edwina Pendarvis, et. al.

  
Appalachia's Last Stand, coal, mountaintop removal, sludge, ash, electricity

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Appalachia's Last Stand    $16.00
ISBN 978-1-893239-97-5  197pp.


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  Excerpts from the book:
Imagine you are on a space station that has been thrown out of orbit. You are now hurtling through space with no outside resources. Your tiny little home has only a limited ability to produce food, oxygen and energy. How would you respond? Would it be fair that the wealthiest member of the crew be allowed to eat as much as (s)he wanted? Would it be fair (or responsible) that this member also was allowed to consume energy without regard for the other members of the station? Would you vote to systematically dismember the station to burn for fuel? Or would a better solution be to assess the realistic capabilities of the station and adjust everyone’s consumption accordingly?

Welcome to Planet Earth. We are all passengers on a tiny blue spaceship that has only a finite ability to be mined, farmed, and burned.
                              
--- Paul Corbit Brown   
  
A rock-strewn stream meanders through the hollow. Minnows dart in and out of the shade cast by elderberry bushes, scrubby willows and a trio of sycamores, their upper trunks nearly all white. Come autumn, a woman will pick the elderberries for a cobbler made from a recipe given to her mother by her grandmother. Each of them grew up in this hollow, sharing with the birds the berries from these same bushes.  

A pickerel frog, perhaps startled by a muskrat, springs in a graceful arc from the bank into the cold water with barely a splash. The flute-like trill of a wood thrush floats out from the branches of a stream-bank dogwood that, in response to its prime edge habitat, spreads wider and taller than its counterparts in the woods.
                              --- Vivian Stockman
    
They take off a whole mountain for six to eight inches of coal. I’m thinking, the timber on that mountain, even if you just used a piece at a time---select timbering---will be worth probably three or four times in its life more than that coal ever would be. But they want to make quick money and get it while they can, while they’ve got the permits. Be damned to everybody else---who cares? That’s how they look at it. The law is scared of ’em. Money. Money and politics. I hear a lot of people say the workers have to have their money. I don’t care. I mean, my dad was a miner. You do stuff to make money, but you don’t do things that hurts others to make money.
                             --- James Tawney
    
Contributors include the following:
Patty Adkins
Tanya Adkins 
Bob Henry Baber
Diane Bady 
Shannon Bell
Garrett Bobb
Jonathan Bolt
Julia Bonds
Adam Brown
Paul Corbit Brown 
Laura Treacy Bentley 
Dave Cooper
Tom Donlon
Katie Fallon
Patricia Feeney
Diane Gilliam Fisher
Laura Forman
Jim Foster
Monty Fowler
Denise Giardina
Larry Gibson
Stephen Godfrey
Chris Green
Maria Gunnoe
Jewele Haynes 
Carey Huffman
Karen Huffman
Chris Irwin
Janet Fout Keating 
Kent Kessinger
Laura Lambert
P.J. Laska
Jeff Mann
Sam L. Martin
Debra May-Starr
Irene McKinney
Rob Merritt
Whitney Miller
Delilah O’Haynes
T. Paige
Eddy Pendarvis
Albert Perrone
Cathy Pleska
Suzanne Rebert
Tashina Savilla
Mark Schmerling
Marlene Simpson 
Juanita Sneeuwjagt
Wilma Lee Steele 
Vivian Stockman
James Tawney
Seth Taylor
Mel Tyree
John Van Kirk
Beverly Walkup
Ken Ward, Jr 
Kayla Ward
Carol Warren
Beth Wellington 
Rhonda Browning White
Michael Workman, Jr.
Marianne Worthington