Creative fiction based on fact. Write your congressmen–but not on Floyd County’s behalf.
You might as well learn it from me right here and now, because this is big news, and it will change everything.
You probably haven’t even heard of balonium. But you will. It is a rare metal used for the manufacture of a kind of memory chip essential to the production of iPhones and the very top-selling computer games and certain of the recent generation of guided missiles. And here’s the thing: Floyd County, it so happens by sheer bad luck, is sitting on a mother load of this stuff.
Balonium has been discovered throughout Floyd County and parts of adjacent Carroll and Franklin Counties. It is deposited in a three to six inch layer that in most places lies precisely at 2500 feet above sea level (while the general plateau elevation here is at 2700 feet.) So the plan, as I understand it, is to take away everything–and I mean everything–above 2500 feet to extract the mineral deemed necessary to the well-being of our national economy, and in the interest of national security, of course. The short of it is, our ridges will be decapitated.
Read the rest over on Nameless Creek And from where ever you live as you read this, substitute the names of YOUR familiar ridges and mountaintops, your favorite creeks, streams and rivers. If we don’t imagine this disaster happening in OUR back yards, we won’t comprehend the true costs of “cheap coal”. Please pass the link to this piece to someone who will pass it on to someone else. It’s time bloggers used our collective voices to be heard, to make a difference.