I’ve been reading and thinking a lot lately, having come from ground zero, about coal. It got us where we are today. It can’t carry us where we need to be tomorrow.
First, the practice of getting it that rapes landscapes and communities and endangers the health of living things must stop. Mountain Top Removal must not be allowed to be the source for the proposed 100 to more than 1000 new coal-fired sources of the “cheap” electricity to which we’ve become accustomed. Coal has never been cheap, it will never be clean. And turning it into liquid is NOT the answer.
We are the problem, and it’s getting harder and harder to claim ignorance. I want to give you and me one less excuse.
Kilowatt Ours. Read about the movie and the cause that motivated it and the personal and community actions that can come from it. Make a donation and get the DVD. Or find it being shown locally in your area. See below for one such showing near Floyd.
NOV 13, ROANOKE, VA. Greene United Memorial Methodist Church. 11am — 1:00pm
Mountaintop Removal Mining (MTR) and other forms of surface mining only provide an average of 4-5% of the nation’s coal energy. With energy conservation alone, we could save an average of 20% of our current energy demands. from Mountain Justice Summer Newsletter (pdf)