I just signed a pledge to help save the Appalachian Mountains from mountaintop removal coal mining. It was quick and easy, so please do the same by visiting:
This web page has lots of resources for you to learn more (including interactive maps so you can even see your own connection to mountaintop removal mining) and has lots of resources if you are inspired to take action, as I have been.
This terrible form of coal mining – in which entire mountains are literally blown up -- destroys the mountain not just for decades, but for all future generations. It’s not just ugly in appearance but in effect. Because it removes the topsoil and leaves nothing but pulverized rock, all life is destroyed and an environment is left behind that lacks the elements to sustain life. As bad as Mt. St. Helens appeared after the volcanic eruption and devastating fires, there were still elements to sustain life. Not so here.
This is happening on a scale that is almost unimaginable, with more than 500 mountains already destroyed in America.
But the truth is, most people don't even know that mountaintop removal is happening.
Thank you for joining with me and helping spread the word about our efforts to save the mountains. We must muster the political will to stop it. Not for ourselves, but for future generations.
As a presidential candidate in 2008, President Obama told the nation that we needed to find a way to generate energy without “blowing off the tops of mountains.”
Four years later, we are still blowing off the tops of mountains—and needlessly so, as a clear environmental and human rights violations, following a 40-year policy of “regulating” mountaintop removal violations, not abolishing them. In truth, mountaintop removal operations have been plundering central Appalachian since 1970—more than four decades of regulated criminal violations, civil rights abuse, and death.
Read more by expert Jeff Biggers, HERE.
(Photo by J.W. Randolph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)