A study has just been released that links coal mining to birth defects in the West Virginia and the Appalachian region. As if the coal mining industry didn't have enough to worry about with all the "green" initiatives sweeping the nation.

The lawyers for big coal are not taking this study lying down. A letter drafted by the lawyers for the National Mining Association pointed to a nasty stereotype about the people of West Virginia.

"The study failed to account for consanquinity, one of the most prominent sources of birth defects."

In lawyer-say-what that means, "What about all that inbreeding all those hillbillies are up to all the time?" Pretty harsh words. And, in true lawyer fashion they took down the statement.

Frankly, I don't know much about West Virginia, but if The Wild and Wonerful Whites is any reliable source, I would say it's more of the meth causing all the problems.

Mother Jones