The governing council of Blaine Township, Pennsylvania, decided that they will not allow coal mining giant, Consol Energy, to come in and destroy the township’s farms and streams by doing underground longwall mining, a technique now banned in Germany, where it was invented.
The tool they’re using to fight Consol Energy is something called “democracy.” They have the quaint idea that they can prohibit a mining technology that would destroy their town. But — as the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v FEC illustrates — there are very few government entities of any kind left in our country that have the power to stand up successfully to large corporations.
Indeed, Blaine (represented by CELDF) has now been sued by Consol, and the case is working its way through the courts.
Rural, small-town America is the frontline battleground for the most important political struggle now taking place in our country, the struggle for local-control, local democracy. This is where the promise of the Founders will survive or perish once and for all. This is the common ground where liberals and conservatives can all meet and join hands.
Does this sound extreme?
Watch this 10-minute movie (below) by Jeremy Kagan (director of The Big Fix and Natty Gann, among other successful films) and decide for yourself.
This movie was shown at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Workshop, “The Revolution for Local Control.”