By Becca Barhorst
I write this opinion not as an environmental activist, a renewable energy advocate, or a progressive. I write this as a humanist, as we should all be, with a genuine concern for the dangers in which we entrench our people. The explosion of the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia that occurred on April 5 has disturbed me since I read the headline. A mining community that trusts companies like Massey Energy to maintain the safety of their workers was devastated after losing 29 miners, the worst mine explosion to occur since 1970.