Unfortunately for Congressmen Duncan his argument is incorrect in regards to the destructive practice of strip mining which he is supporting with this statement. Millions, and strip mining effects local economy some cases, billions of dollars of coal have been taken from individual Appalachian counties, yet they remain among the poorest in the nation. No coal company is among the top 10 employers in Campbell county.
How does mining affect the economy? Click on image above to download report, or the image to the right for companion report, The Economics of Coal in Kentucky. Strip mining companies also externalize their costs.
How does mining affect the economy?
Most of the strip mine companies are not unionized. How is this possible? The Coal Counties It is illuminating to look at the poverty rates of various coal producing counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and even in Tennessee. As a basic unit of this plan is a community beautification program. Strip mining companies often use this to argue that the jobs they provide are important to the regions they strip.