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I'd Rather Go Naked Than Burn Mountain Top Removal Coal

It is time to abolish mountaintop removal mining, not regulate it.

That is the fervent message being spread from community to community, and state to state, now that scores of ANFO explosive-packing mountaintop removal permits stand at the doors of the Army Corps of Engineers, ready to be issued after the recent 4th Circuit Court ruling.

Three million pounds of ammonium nitrate fuel oil explosives are being detonated daily in Appalachia.

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Reintroduced Clean Water Act Could Mean the end of Toxic Coal Water

It's official: The first shot has been fired in the legislative battle to end the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia.

With the quickly growing and extraordinary nationwide support of over 115 co-sponsors, including 17 members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the United States House of Representatives, US Rep. John Yarmuth from Kentucky's embattled state of coal joined US Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Republican US Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) in reintroducing the Clean Water Protection Act today.

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Civil disobedience campaign launched at Massey Energy mountaintop-removal site

"Give me but a banner to plant upon the mountains of West Augusta, and I will rally about it the brave men who will lift our bleeding country from the dust, and set her free."

-- George Washington, 1779

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If coal is clean, why's it still causing black lung?

Wake Up, Democrats: Send Dirty Coal Packing

"When party activists gathered in Chicago to nominate Bill Clinton to a second term in 1996, Mr. Obama was making his first run for political office, but he did not have enough clout to get full access to the convention. Instead, he concluded that high-dollar breakfasts and dinners seemed to lock voters out of the system, grousing to a reporter, "The convention's for sale, right?" New York Times, August 27th, 2008.

Dirty Coal certainly thinks the Democratic convention is for sale.

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Appalachians propose solution to dirty coal

Faced with an impending proposal to stripmine over 6,600 acres, local residents have come up with a better idea.

If Senator Barack Obama ever needs a living symbol of change we can believe in, and a hopeful way to transcend the dirty politics of our failed energy policies, he should go and see the future of renewable energy in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia.

Yes, renewable energy in Appalachia.

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Coal Cuts on the Candidates [video]

While the mainstream media has yet to decipher fact from fiction in the "clean coal" marketing campaign, a graduate assistant at a college in Ohio managed to cap 'n trade some of the comments and ads of presidentialr candidates Barack Obama and John McCain (and the erstwhile Hillary and Bill Cinton) on the role of coal and nuclear energy in their campaigns.

It takes a grad student to remind us that all of the presidential candidates have a lot to learn about the chimera of "clean coal."

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Clean Coal Doublespeak

With the imaginary vocabulary of "clean coal," too many Democrats and Republicans, as well as a surprising number of environmentalists, have forgotten the dirty realities of extracting coal from the earth.

 

Pummeled by warnings that global warming is triggering the apocalypse, Americans have fallen for the ruse of futuristic science that is clean coal. And in the meantime, swaths of the country are being destroyed before our eyes.

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