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Our mountains. In the Sierras, climbers climb them. In the Rockies, skiers ski them. In Appalachia, coal companies level them.
Coal isn't clean, and it's definitely not cheap. Across the Appalachians, companies are blowing entire mountaintops to smithereens to get at the thin coal seams below. The communities of the region are paying the cost in their health, their culture and their natural heritage.
Mining companies are clear cutting thousands of acres of some of the world's most biologically diverse forests. They're filling local rivers and streams with blasted debris, polluting drinking water with toxic waste and sacrificing the safety and sanctity of countless communities.
Mountaintop removal mining is not just devastating the region's environment and quality of life. It is also steadily crushing the heart of Appalachia.
Big coal companies should not be allowed to turn our nation's oldest (300 million years) mountains into molehills. Laws must change, environmental regulations must be enforced, corporations must reform their practices, and legal action must be taken to stop the most ecologically and culturally destructive form of strip mining on earth.
You can help today by urging Congress to reverse a Bush administration rule that allows mining companies to legally dump waste into mountain streams. Please go to the Natural Resources Defense Council website [link] and send letters today to the Obama Administration officials and urge them to pressure Congress close a loophole in the Clean Water Act that permits this deadly practice to continue.
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Sadus's Black comes to my mind whenever I here about another corporation not caring about the enviroment. Here's a link to their song [link] click only if you're into intense speeding thrash metal.
Sadus - Black (copyright 1990 Sadus, reprinted for educational purposes only)
Unknown substance, a putrid cloud - Choking all within Results of progress, a noxious waste - Floating in the air
Living free? Chemically - So now our world is fading into slowly burning out Prime wealth? Toxic health - Advancing towards extinction is the way it's turning out Foul air? Do you care? Is cleanness where you live going against your common believe Too much slime, insufficient time? In a suffocated future will you find the time to breathe
Jammed in one place Blind in haste Progress can't wait A life in waste
Tending towards - Technology Reverse of: life's biology
Chemical comatose Radiation overdose Burning, melting flesh Leaking slime of dissolving waste Overflowing blackness of death
Creation is being torn down by abuse Infringement of the substance and our use
Elements decomposing, dilution is too slow Every contribution, to the evolution Its bad gets worse; deathly course.
Swallowed in black
Faced with reality? Search your memory Nothing dead ever comes back... the black
Actually here in PA coal is our heritage, it gives us jobs which we desperately need, and revenue. We also got oil and natural gas but coal is more plentiful here and safer to extract. Yes its dirty, and sometimes found in thin supply, but its a Pennsylvania heritage, that has been going for hundreds of years.
I live in Appalachian Virginia, and so, I am not unsympathetic to the miners and to the deep mining section of the industry. I am extremely opposed to the technique called mountaintop removal mining. There is a huge difference between the two. Take a look at this video on Youtube: [link]. I have never seen a deep coal mining operation that produced destruction such as this.
I can agree with the mountaintop thing, but the states in Appalachia survive off the coal industry, even if it does mean blowing a crater in the ground.My family has a history of being coal miners so this strikes me at the heart.
From what I understand from people here in the coal industry, most of the contraction is sales is not due to environmental regulations, but because of the competition caused by cheap natural gas that is coming on-line due to fracking. It is my hope that the deep mining of coal will always be a part of our economy, but I think it is going to be much more specialized. For example, the anthracite coal that you have in Pennsylvania that we do not have here in Virginia will always be in demand because of its use in the manufacture of steel, etc. What will happen over time is that less and less bituminous coal will be burned to generate electric power. So long as natural gas remains relatively cheap compared to coal, there is no way to stop that from happening in a free market system.
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