The tragedy and poignancy of mediating our lifeworld is nowhere better expressed than in the annual crowning of the ‘Coal Princess”, complete with black rhinestones
I don’t know about you, but when I think about deforesting a lush mountaintop, blasting the mountain to nothing,grinding the very stones to pulp, and separating out the remains into coal and black slurry, I think beauty. And apparently I’m not the only one. In a world where beauty pageants are going the way of the dodo, coal-themed beauty contests are still holding on.
Emily Atkin tells the story for ThinkProgress:
The decline of the U.S. coal industry has been a hot topic lately, especially with the recent unveiling of President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired plants. Conservatives and industry players have called the regulations an attempt to “carpet bomb” and “destroy” the industry — part of a “war on coal” that will cause debilitating job loss throughout the country.
But people like [Maxine] Cole-Tinnel…
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