Las Cruces is one of many villages in a contested landscape shaped, most recently, by mining. A culture of capitalist accumulation tries to move in while the coal moves out. I saw this in 2009. Five years later, i saw a culture of commoning stoically sticking its dancing heels in.
Drummond, originally a coal mining company from the Appalachians Alabama, USA are now the fourth largest coal exporter globally. They finance, manage and profit from El Descanso and La Loma opencast mine, twenty minute drive north from Las Cruces. In 2012 they exported 25 million tonnes of coal, 70% is this to Europe.
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