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Mountaintop Removal Mining Creates Poverty (via Chrisy58’s Weblog)

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 The Myth of Mountaintop Removal Mining Big Coal says it’s a tough choice: we can have prosperity and jobs or a pristine environment, but not both. That’s a Big Lie by Beth Wellington CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien’s recent piece on mountaintop removal (MTR) in the Appalachian mountains has the troubling title, “Steady job or healthy environment: what [sic] would you choose?”

Michael Hendryx and Melissa M Ahern found similar results when they investigated the region: “The heaviest coal mining areas of Appalachia had the poorest socio-economic conditions.” Read More

via Chrisy58’s Weblog

2 Responses

  1. Let’s face it as long as there are humans on earth we will never have a pristine environment. But, we can try and minimize our impact by ending practices that cause the horrible wreckage that surface mining does. “Steady job or healthy environment: what [sic] would you choose?”… I’d pick a healthy environment. More sustainable jobs result from our efforts to keep a healthy environment. The demographics are showing that the number of alternative energy jobs are overtaking the mining jobs. So, the jobs argument is going away as the potential for saving the mountains increases. All these environmental, economic, and health discussions aside… all we have to do is open our eyes and look at the mess we’re making.

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