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Lissa Lucas – WV House – 2018

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What it’s like out here

Some areas of WV are essentially third world nations contained in U.S. borders. We lack basic services like water and sewer, but also have immense beauty in what hasn’t been despoiled by corporations.

Dear West Virginians, I Double Dog Dare You (Open letter)

It helps corporations to have their bought political mouthpieces incite regular folks to blame the other party, whichever "other" party that might be. That's because the constant bitter fighting keeps people from being able to recognize and process who's really calling the shots. The distraction allows more and more of our money to be funneled to already-wealthy corporate execs.

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'Oil and gas workers didn't seem to appreciate the "Go home frackers" sign in Lyndia Ervolina's front yard here in northern West Virginia, where Marcellus Shale wells dot the landscape.

'"It was so amusing. I'd watch them out the kitchen window," Ervolina said during a recent interview at her home. "These guys would walk over and look at that sign, and then one of them would kick it. They'd knock it down on the ground and stomp on it and walk away...'

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West Virginia’s Gas-hole Politicians

China would prefer the U.S. to be less competitive in the future, to fall behind in creating renewable energy infrastructure, to have to buy our solar panels from THEM, while our politicians fall all over themselves to move us backward rather than ahead.

Commentary on an industry puff-piece: It’s not easy being “green”

The sheer amount of flim-flam—starting with the big-fibber title and escalating until the downright cruel PR spin on behalf of Antero’s frack dump—is hard to address. There’s just so much of it, and almost all of it is disingenuous and meant to muddle.

Generations in the Hills and Hollers

Those who stand to make millions of dollars by driving out future generations have millions of  rationalizations.

Frackers vs The Families of Ritchie County, WV

Antero dedicated more than a quarter of a billion building the dump near our drinking water intake. And now they want to argue that their financial interests outweigh the interests of public health and welfare: "Our profit is more important than your lives."

Dear Dirty Joe Manchin – Open Letter

I have a proposal for you, Dirty Joe. Are you willing to take the reasonable step of fighting for #MedicareForAll? Supporting the progressive WV State Democratic Platform? Fighting eminent domain for private gain...?