By Peter A. Galuszka
"Scathing exposé of the coal industry."
--The manhattan occasions ebook Review
On April five, 2010, an explosion ripped via Massey Energy's top substantial department Mine, killing twenty-nine coal miners. This tragedy was once the deadliest mine catastrophe within the usa in 40 years―a catastrophe that by no means must have occurred. those deaths have been rooted within the cynical company tradition of Massey and its infamous former CEO Don Blankenship, and have been a part of an never-ending cycle of poverty, exploitation, and environmental abuse that has ruled the Appalachian coalfields for the reason that coal used to be first came upon there. And the cycle keeps unabated as coal businesses bury the main insidious risks deep underground, all looking for greater earnings, and conceal the genuine expenses from regulators, unions, and traders alike.
But the catastrophe at top immense department is going past the coalfields of West Virginia. It casts an international shadow, calling into sour query why coal miners within the usa are sacrificed to erect towns at the different facet of the realm, why the coal wars were allowed to rage, polarizing the rustic, and the way the world's voracious urge for food for power is happy at such horrendous cost.
With Thunder at the Mountain, Peter A. Galuszka items jointly the real tale of greed and negligence at the back of the tragedy on the higher immense department Mine, and in doing so he has created a devastating portrait of a complete that exposes the coal-black motivations that resulted in the loss of life of twenty-nine miners and gasoline the continued conflict for the world's power future.