Yet another coal miner was killed on the job this week, and journalist and author Jeff Biggers says that the situation has reached crisis level – that it’s a war on miners. He also notes that abuse of the land and abuse of the people who work on it has always gone hand in hand, so as pressure for mountaintop removal and new coal mines mounts, so do safety violations – the latest being a story broken by NPR, that a methane gas monitor at the Little Big Branch mine, where 29 workers died in an explosion in April, had been deliberately shut down.
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Biggers joins us to fill us in on the latest news from coal country—and from D.C., where Lisa Jackson and the E.P.A. faced a unique protest.