Editorial: Trump’s ‘Breathtaking Hypocrisy’ Toward Coal Miners

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Scientific American:Now we see that his administration has put on hold a study of the connections between mountaintop coal mining and the health of nearby communities—research that was requested by West Virginia health authorities and is being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. This action demonstrates the president’s disregard for the health of coal miners, their families and their friends.I have a bit of experience in this area, as a former air pollution regulator. From 2002 to 2010, while a full-time faculty member at the University of Virginia, I was a member of the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board. Virginia is a longtime coal state, and the board confronted several controversial issues concerning coal-related air pollution. Trump’s hypocrisy is breathtaking. He claims to support the interests of coal communities. But he is not interested in knowing about the health effects of coal mining on those who live nearby.Residents of coal mining areas in Virginia and elsewhere have borne environmental and health burdens so that Americans could build prosperous lives based on electricity fueled by coal. Even as the U.S. reduces its reliance on coal and moves toward other sources of energy, an unstoppable trend that the Trump administration is trying to ignore, we should not forget what the people of Appalachia have given us. A comprehensive health study is the least we can do, and that study should be just the start of generous economic and public health investments in these vulnerable areas.More: Trump’s Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Coal Mining Editorial: Trump’s ‘Breathtaking Hypocrisy’ Toward Coal Minerslast_img read more

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Grants fund state-of-the-art life-saving equipment

first_imgBatesville, IN—Rising Sun Regional Foundation, Ripley County Community Foundation, and Walmart awarded a total of $18,000 to Batesville Fire & Rescue for a new, state-of-the-art life-saving device, the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System.The LUCAS system is an electrically powered tool that provides safe and effective standardized chest compressions consistent with American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. The device is placed on the chest of a patient in cardiac arrest and performs automatic CPR which allows first responders to focus on other life-saving tasks and speed diagnosis and treatment of underlying conditions.“This machine simply performs CPR more consistently than a human can by overcoming caregiver fatigue, awkward positions and variations in CPR quality,” said Fire Chief Todd Schutte. “This is especially important when transporting a cardiac arrest victim in an ambulance for a long distance and will give more people a fighting chance to get to the hospital.”The portable device is stationed on the ambulance and can be deployed within seconds of arriving at an emergency scene.“This is one of many projects the Rising Sun Regional Foundation is thrilled to support as this technology has proven to have an extensive impact on the overall health of the communities we serve,” said Jascia Redwine Rising Sun Regional Foundation Executive DirectorAccording to a Cleveland Clinic survey in 2018, only 54 percent of Americans say they know how to perform CPR while heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.Batesville Fire & Rescue is a full-service fire and emergency medical service agency providing basic and advanced pre-hospital life support, fire prevention and education programs, fire suppression services, and vehicle extrication.last_img read more

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