11 Jun '11, 12am

United Mineworkers of America teams w/ enviros to end mountaintop removal mining:

United Mineworkers of America teams w/ enviros to end mountaintop removal mining:

On the other hand, environmental and community advocates have also been pretty loose with the facts at times. One particular example is a lot of counterproductive rhetoric about coal from mountaintop-removal mines being mostly shipped overseas. This rhetoric is presumably used in an effort to play on the populist xenophobia that has won many an election for unscrupulous politicians, but it is simply untrue -- almost all of the coal shipped out of eastern ports is metallurgical coal used for steel-making, which is mined almost entirely underground. Drumming up opposition to exports of metallurgical coal is counterproductive for environmental advocates -- and anathema to unions and potential allies outside the region that depend on shipping revenues -- because it undermines the most immediate opportunity to replace jobs in mountaintop-removal mining.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-06-10-labor-and-environmen...

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