In a state completely dependent on the coal industry (okay, nearly), to have a measure calling for a ban on surface mining almost pass the state Democrat caucus is stunning. Can they be that detached from those who are trying mightily to eke out a living over there?
Democrats reject ban on mountaintop mining
Narrow vote at state convention shows 'momentum'
By Veronica Nett, Charleston Gazette Staff writer
Delegates at the Democratic State Convention narrowly voted down a resolution Saturday that supported a freeze on new permits for mountaintop removal sites.
The final vote on the Healthy Jobs, Healthy Communities, and Healthy Mountains Resolution was 215-190.
Daniel Chiotos, environmental caucus delegate for West Virginia Young Democrats, said the close vote is encouraging.
"This is obviously an issue that is gaining momentum," Chiotos said. "We're going to continue to work to push this through." (link)
With all the problems the people of West Virginia face, the Democrats focus on this. Unbelievable.