Do you love mountains?

Heads up, mountains are losing their ‘heads’ in Appalachia, one of America’s areas of dense biodiversity. Why are mountains losing their tops? Why are valleys being filled? Why are streams being contaminated? All for the love of coal.  If you prefer mountains with tops, trees, animals, clean streams then click on the image to learn more and how you can help by spreading the word too.  Ignorance is not bliss. We need to demand clean energy for everyone. It’s possible. It’s not a puzzle. The technology exists. It’s will power that’s lacking.  Consider the dynamics of supply and demand. How can we use it to get what we all need? “Demand” clean energy development for solar and wind sources.  Developing these sources could put a lot of unemployed people to work in everything from manufacturing parts to installation to maintainance.  What are we waiting for? Gas masks to be required for venturing outside? Does our air have to be toxic before we act? 

Last night I attended a presentation on Mountaintop Removal hosted by the local Green Party and announced on KKFI.  I was not certain what to make of the fact that many of the people present were elderly.  There was only one young man in his mid twenties.  One.  I found this very unsettling. 

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3 Comments

  1. artistatexit0 said,

    October 21, 2010 at 2:22 am

    This is a huge issue in Kentucky since we consider coal to be our “ace in the hole”. A big part of the midterm elections around here is the Cap and Trade debate. The status quo sees this as a job killer, while the more progressive camps view this as a way to try to make coal a little “greener”. Let’s give the environment a little nod as being a priority please!! In the meantime, those mountains whose tops have been removed are being touted as good potential golf courses and other development projects. As for those streams that found their origins on those mountains they have been completely filled up with rubble and are leaching a nasty chemical brew.

    • October 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      O Kentucky was one of the states discussed in the presentation. Other issues raised were the lowering of home values for those living near mountaintop removal sites, the literal flith in the air coating homes and people, the destruction of the drinking water supply, the HUGE toxis slurry pits that leak and are just total disasters waiting to happen—the odds are stacked in the favor of terrifying castastrophe with those highly toxic slurry oceanss–and the issue of jobs. Mountaintop removal requires way fewer employees than traditional coal mning efforts. As for those gulf courses—oh yeah—I could see those atop slurry ponds and so called ‘reclaimed’ land with no topsoil. Hey, then again, gulf course developers would haul in topsoil and trees and all the pretty pretty things golfters get to see while bashing little white balls as far as their short term vision can see. Hey AL, Kentucky’s mountains sound like a very unhealthy place for any living thing to be. Well, except Mountaintop Removal Company Executives–they could live there quite nicely due to their own toxic natures. What do you think? hmm?

  2. artistatexit0 said,

    October 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Yes, all those awful things you have mentioned have happened to one of the most beautiful states in the union. Eastern Kentucky is so unique. You previously mentioned the rich biodiversity that exists in this region and the people are down to earth. Politically, however, this place exists in the middle ages. The only people making money from coal are the owners of the companies. What you see happening here on a small scale is being repeated ad nauseum across the country in just about every industry and way of life we have left. The little guy has to get more involved and it isn’t just a matter of education. You don’t need to be “book smart” to know when your water has been fouled and by whom. There is true strength in numbers and this is what needs recognition. I’m just amazed that the “lower classes” , (that takes in just about everybody these days) haven’t taken to the streets on this and many other issues.


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