80 New Permits = 80 Fewer Mountains

cgz_f_img_7007Here’s another reason to sign the newly emerging Climate Pledge of Resistance.
Within the next month, the EPA may start approving more than 80 new mountaintop removal mining permits. In my mind, 80 new permits equals 80 mountains.

Early on in the Obama administration, we thought they were moving towards ending this practice which destroys mountains, poisons water and harms communities, but after pressure from the mining industry and various pro-coal politicians they signaled their retreat.  Now we could see an entire new round of destruction from these new permits.
To date, 500 mountains have been destroyed (now we’re looking at another 80?), 2000 miles of rivers and streams have been buried and over a million acres of forest cut down.  Every week, Appalachia is hit with more force than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  If Obama’s retreat on mountaintop removal continues there won’t be any mountains left in Appalachia.

How much more are we going to take?  There are a lot of different ways to get involved now to help stop this horrible practice.  You can sign a petition, send a letter to Obama or join/support our friends in the coalfields fighting this atrocious process everyday.

1 Response to “80 New Permits = 80 Fewer Mountains”

  1. 1 Tyler Bradt Aug 24th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t even know what to say about this. It Sucks, Its a step backwards almost as large as the Tar Sands in Alberta.

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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