Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. My name is Nick Mullins and I am a 4th generation former underground coal miner from Southwestern Virginia. The proud heritage of the coal miner has been soiled by the greed of an industry that knows no bounds in its exploitation of decent, hardworking people. 

Patriot Bankruptcy Puts Retired Miners in Life and Death Struggle

Sierra Club Compass

In my many years in Appalachia, I''ve worked, traveled, prayed, broken bread, and raised a glass with a good many retired coal miners. Now, many of these retired miners, who sacrificed so much to provide for their families and power the homes of millions, are facing the unthinkable - the retirement and health benefits that they rely on are in jeopardy, due to the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal. Coal mining is one of the world’s most dangerous occupations.

What Eve Ensler Taught Me About My Body’s Connection to the Planet

Eco Chic

In 2008, I had a jarring encounter with Eve Ensler’s work most popular work— The Vagina Monologues. I was part of a group of women that ran the Florida State University Women’s Center, and we had decided to put together a three day run of the infamous play. I had never experienced the Vagina Monologues. I heard that it crudely discussed women’s bodies—especially their vaginas. The production gave me a heart squelching nervousness.

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