The House Natural Resources Committee has some explaining to do. A press release summary from the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources completely deleted any mention of the official testimonies by Appalachian coalfield leader.
H.R. 2018 would mark an abrupt U-turn in the long journey we've taken to protect our waters and health. It would throw us back to a time when state fought state over the fate of this essential resource.
A source cited by Republican Elliott "Spike" Maynard in an attack ad against Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia has retracted a story used as the basis of the racially-tinged spot, but the spot is still running.
Now it's Big Coal's turn to pick up the tab for the Tea Party. Under the guise of "celebrating the American coal miner," an infamous Big Coal front lobby group has bankrolled the buses, hotels and meals to bring Appalachian coal mining supporters to DC.
The Humane Society announced March 3rd that it will give its "2009 Humane Legislator of the Year" to the greatest congressional defender of mountaintop removal -- House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall, (D-W.Va.).