The disastrous Upper Big Branch Mine explosion figures in, as does the Justice Spike Maynard and Blankenship's Rivera encounters.
Some of the heroes are still around, some of the villains are still in high places - some very high and quite surprising. If you live in this state and vote, or ever plan to, do yourself a favor and read this book this summer.
Stop wasting money on Corridor H
At more than $15 million a mile, spending more money to "finish" Corridor H is a huge waste of federal and state taxpayer money, tearing up national forests, farms and the Blackwater Canyon area for no good reason.
The area's light traffic doesn't even justify the segments that have been built. A four-lane road would not help tourism in Davis and Thomas. It would just rush traffic on by the towns.
The money could be used, instead, to repair the many dangerous roads and bridges around the state.
Gazette correct on carbon tax
Kudos to The Charleston Gazette on their endorsement of a revenue-neutral carbon tax which will lower greenhouse gases and revitalize our economy by creating well-paying clean-energy jobs ("Warming: Ugly peril," Aug. 7).
If we do not want extreme weather such as Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in almost 100 deaths and a price tag of over $50 billion, and wildfires that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona and the droughts that plagued the Midwest last year and increased food prices to occur each decade instead of every century, we need our elected officials in Washington, D.C., to pass legislation to stop climate disruption.
To head off these disasters scientists point out that we must transition from fossil fuels quickly. Economists (including George Shultz of the Reagan administration) agree the best way to do that is to place a steadily-rising tax on carbon that is 100 percent revenue neutral, refunding everything to American households to offset rising energy costs. This policy would apply equally across all fossil fuels and not single out coal, like the EPA regulations. It also provides certainty for businesses to transition to cleaner energy, in turn, spurring private investments and making the marketplace truly free.