On this week’s program, Google Earth and mountaintop-removal mining, a museum dedicated to miners, and a man with AIDS tells his story.
Archive for November 2007
Hugh Caperton, the owner of Harman Mining, discusses why he doesn’t think the Supreme Court treated him fairly in his lawsuit against Massey Energy. On Nov. 21, the court overturned a $50 million verdict against Massey that had ballooned to $76 million with interest. This segment also includes Dan Ringer, the host of the “The Law Works” on West Virginia PBS, discussing the case and other issues concerning the Supreme Court. It aired Nov. 29, 2007, on Outlook.
By Suzanne Higgins and Russ Barbour
Even if you haven’t heard of him, you’ve certainly heard his music. His songs include “Jackson,” made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash; “Coward of the County” and “Coal Tattoo.”
He spoke to Suzanne Higgins on the day he was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. In this profile, Billy Edd explains how West Virginia is especially reflected in his work. This story first aired Nov. 29, 2007, on Outlook. A radio version ran Dec. 10, 2007, on West Virginia Morning.
By Scott Finn
Environmental activists who are trying to stop mountaintop removal mining have a new ally – Google.com. Appalachian Voices, a non-profit organization based in Boone, N.C., has teamed with Google Earth Outreach to launch a new tool. It allows people to type their zip code onto a web page and see their direct connection through their electricity to mountaintop removal coal.
It’s part of a pilot project by Google Earth Outreach, the new philanthropic arm of Google.com. Rebecca Moore of Google Earth Outreach says the new web tool grabs people’s attention in a new way.
“When you turn on your light switch, here are the mountaintops in Appalachia that were blown up, essentially, to provide the coal for your personal electricity,” Moore said.