18 Aug '11, 11am

Big Coal: Making Mountains Even Better

Big Coal: Making Mountains Even Better

Coal provides jobs. The jobs are dirty, they produce a product that’s harmful to the planet, hazardous to the health and welfare of the workers and their neighbors, but… hey, they’re jobs. Besides, some of those jobs involve improving our mountains. They blow the tops off them, and haul away the coal, leaving flat tops, suitable for landing pads, parking lots, NASCAR racing, or Appalachian soccer matches. Where once was a vista of jagged, irregular, disorganized peaks, we now have a neat, orderly range of mountains that looks like a platoon of Bob Haldemans . They also leave behind some pretty ugly mountains. CNN ran a documentary Sunday night by anchor Soledad O’Brien titled “Battle for Blair Mountain ” which should have carried a warning that it was an advertisement for Big Coal. In their zeal to ensure the appearance of objectivity, to present “both sides of the story,”...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/17/big-coal-making-mount...

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