Appalachian activists get the coal shoulder in Washington D.C

Politico: Appalachian activists looking for help fighting the coal industry got a hard lesson this week: Don’t expect much from Washington. Federal agency employees who met with a slew of visiting activists explained that bitter partisanship, hostility from Congress and a morass of litigation have often tied their hands, some of the protesters said afterward. “They want to do what needs to be done — they just feel like they’re being hamstrung and attacked by Congress,” said anti-mountaintop removal activist......

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