Alfredo Lopez on Venezuelan ‘Threat,’ Jeff Biggers on Mountaintop Removal

This week on CounterSpin: Is Venezuela really a threat to the security of the United States, as the White House has declared? And if not, what can be the point of such a statement? We’ll get an accounting about what seems to be threatening Washington from activist and author Alfredo Lopez, of May First/People Link.

Appalachia: A National Sacrifice ZoneAlso on the show: “Coal is an outlaw enterprise,” declared Robert Kennedy Jr. in a New York Times op-ed last December. Apart from that forceful opinion piece, though, you probably haven’t seen very much about one of the most damaging — to people and the environment — aspects of that enterprise: mountaintop removal. After years of activism, are we about to see an end to that harmful process? We’ll hear from Jeff Biggers, author ofReckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland.


–“Venezuela’s Continuous Coup,” by Alfredo Lopez (This Can’t Be Happening!3/2/15)

–“Mountaintop Removal on the Ropes,” by Jeff Biggers (Huffington Post,3/13/15)

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