End Mountaintop Removal Day of Action; October 30, 2009

wise up dominionJoin Mountain Justice, Energy Justice Network and Rainforest Action Network as We Mobilize to End Mountaintop Removal.

SIGN UP:http://ran.org/endmtrdoa
WHAT: Actions at the EPA and across the country calling for an end to mountaintop removal
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30
WHERE: Your Town, USA CONTACT:dirtymoney@ran.org;fossilfuels@enerjustice.net; or Mountain Justice at http://mountainjusticesummer.org/contact.php; or call 1-800-989-RAIN
INFO:http://dirtymoney.org;http://mountainjusticesummer.org; http://energyjusticenetwork.net

Join the National Day of Action to End Mountaintop Removal.

This is an American tragedy that we have the power to stop it.

The end of mountaintop removal is almost here. Political and financial decision-makers in New York, Washington D.C. and across the country continue to hear our message.

  • Obama’s EPA has made some good first steps, but they need to continue getting our loud and clear message- End Mountaintop Removal! They ultimately have the power to veto the permits that allow mountaintop removal to exist.
  • JPMorgan Chase is now the largest funder of mountaintop removal coal mining on Wall Street. Bank of America and Citibank both heard your voices and adopted policies to cease financing the worst coal companies. Chase’s financing keeps these mining companies in business and needs to stop.
  • On the ground in Appalachia, coalfield communities and their allies have been taking action to stop mountaintop removal. Over 100 people have been arrested in Appalachia this year. We need to continue this fight in the hills and hollers, but also into the cities and streets of the entire country.

Everyday coal companies in Appalachia pulverize beautiful mountains, using more explosive force than at Hiroshima. Whole mountain ranges are gone: more than 500 mountains demolished to date, the surrounding communities which go back hundreds of years often forced off their land. MTR has buried thousands of miles of rivers, polluted our drinking water, and clear-cut thousands of acres of the world’s most biologically diverse forests. All this destruction for less than 8% of the nation’s coal supply.

It’s time to stand with the people in Appalachia and end mountaintop removal.

Here’s how you can join:
• Find a political or financial decision-maker near you
• Register your action now at http://ran.org/endmtrdoa
• Download materials at http://ran.org/endmtrdoa
• Contact us for support. We can send you materials, as well as help you brainstorm potential actions.
• Use our facebook invite at: http://bit.ly/4reUxG
• Get your group to endorse the Day of Action
• Join the upcoming conference call check-ins- Oct 20th

Brought to you by the mighty fine folks at Mountain Justice, Energy Justice Network and Rainforest Action Network

Endorsed by Climate Ground Zero, Coal River Mountain Watch, Greenpeace, Rising Tide North America, United Mountain Defense and a cast of thousands.

1 Response to “End Mountaintop Removal Day of Action; October 30, 2009”

  1. 1 Leon Wood Oct 14th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    NWP #21 and other nationwide permits are essential to the mining industry. The mining industry must comply with 23 different environmental laws and regulations. Permitting of new or expanded operations is taking years to obtain the necessary permits. With more than 250 coal permits backlogged at the COE, some for two years or longer, the Corp proposes to eliminate one regulatory tool explicitly designed to avoid regulatory duplication and unnecessary delays. The Corp has failed to provide a plan for how the agency will handle the increased regulatory burden. The COE is simply not prepared to handle the increased workload that will result should NWP #21 be abandoned. The COE has provided no scientific or environmental justification for eliminating the use of NWP #21. Further, the COE has provided no evidence of environmental damage or other public interest reason for eliminating the use of this permit, therefore, it appears the decision is driven by politics and not based on any concern with environmental protection. These type of decisions have an impact. The KY Coal industry employs over 17,000 miners and generates over 50,000 jobs in other areas of support. Ky exports 73% of its coal, bringing in over $3.5 Billion dollars into KY. Around 85 cents on each dollar stays here – wages, benefits, operating expenses, royalties, and taxes. The KY Coal Industry paid over $270.0 Million in severance taxes in 2008 in addition to the normal business taxes paid by all KY companies. The total revenue generated by the KY Coal Industry in 2007 was $4.9 Billion dollars. Almost 95 percent of the electric power in Kentucky is coal-fire generated. Kentucky’s electric power costs, in the industrial sector, ranked the lowest in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. Kentucky’s industrial power costs are over 15% lower than any other state east of the Mississippi River and over a third lower than the U.S. average. As a result of these low cost electric rates KY is the 4th largest automaker, 3rd largest Aluminum producer, and the 3rd largest Stainless Steel Producer in the US. Coal drives KY’s Economic Engine. The Obama Administration promised the American Public to make decisions based on Science. These type of decisions to consider elimination of NWP #21 are not science based they are decisions being made to change our energy policy and make us more dependent on Foreign Energy sources and their leaders. The decisions being made today cannot be made lightly these decisions will determine how and where our children and grandchildren live and what future battlefields they will fight and die on.

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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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