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Appalachian Voices Mountaintop Removal
 
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Explore mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains of the US. Take a geographical trip to the Appalachian Mountains and see the problems caused by mountain top removal coal mining. Historical overlays highlight the magnitude of mountain loss. Virtually visit the 470 mountains, and take a guided tour of one mountain, learning how it's mined and the consequences for the natural habitat and people. See more examples of public benefit work in Google Earth at http://earth.google.com/outreach/showcase.html
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Google Earth Hero: Appalachian Voices
 
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Appalachian Voices, a grassroots environmental group in North Carolina, has educated millions of people, inluding policy-makers and legislators, about the destructive mining process called 'mountaintop removal' by flying people over the 470 mine sites in Appalachia in Google Earth.
Views: 13679 Google
Appalachian Mountaintop Removal in Google Earth & Maps
 
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Appalachian Voices, a small non-profit organization in North Carolina, is using Google Earth and Google Maps to help people grasp the scale of destruction from mountaintop removal for coal mining. You can fly over the mines in Google Earth or use Google Maps API to learn how you are using power from mines in Appalachia.
Views: 56463 Google Earth
No More Excuses, End Mountaintop Removal
 
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TAKE ACTION at http://ilovemountains.org/no-more-excuses In Appalachia, children are 42 percent more likely to have birth defects if they live near a mountaintop removal coal mine. Citizens are 50 percent more likely to suffer from cancer. This new video from Appalachian Voices features children giving the basic lesson that blowing up mountains and dumping the waste in nearby rivers is harming their communities. Share the video and join the campaign to tell President Obama: No more excuses. End Mountaintop Removal. Now. Visit http://ilovemountains.org/no-more-excuses
Views: 32974 AppalachianVoices
The Land of Mountaintop Removal
 
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Over five hundred mountains in West Virginia have been destroyed because of new mining techniques used by coal companies in the Appalachians. From: AERIAL AMERICA: West Virginia http://bit.ly/1lEvUuh
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Matt Wasson - The True Cost of Mountaintop Removal
 
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Matt Wasson is an ecologist, and he sees a problem. Every week in Appalachia, West Virginia, mountaintops are blown up to get coal. This fills the air with toxic dust clouds and lowers the water quality for those living around the mountains. But it’s not just an issue for the immediate vicinity. “The idea of blowing up these mountains to power our light switches is a very sad prospect,” Matt says. Coal companies blow up the mountaintops, but we can’t afford to be wasteful and careless in how we produce and consume energy any longer. We must take responsibility for our actions toward nature and the effect they will have on future generations. We must protect our mountains. And that’s exactly what Matt, director of programs for Appalachian Voices, plans to do. Join the award-winning online campaign he created, and stand up to stop mountaintop removal coal mining on http://iLoveMountains.org. -- Produced by Wanderlust Festival (http://wanderlust.com) Filmed and edited by: Circus Picnic (http://circuspicnic.com/) Filmed at Wanderlust Snowshoe 2015 Additional footage: (http://appalachianvoices.org)
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Stephanie Pistello of Appalachian Voices
 
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Stephanie Pistello and I spoke on June 23rd, 2009 at a demonstration against (and for ) mountain top removal mining. The event was held at the Marsh Fork Elementary School in Sundial WV.
Views: 492 Civicallyengaged
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining US Group Attacks Chinese Coal Company
 
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A group in the United States called the Tennessee Conservative Union released an advertisement on Monday. The ad supports proposed state legislature that would ban mountain top removal for virgin peaks over 2,000 feet. But behind the ad is concern that a Chinese owned mining company, which has surface rights to about 48 square miles, would cause damage to Tennessee's mountains. [ADVERTISEMENT] "Tennessee has become the first state in our great nation to permit the red Chinese to destroy our mountains and take our coal. The same folks who hold our debt, hack our businesses, and have the worst conservation record in the world." Triple H Coal Company was bought by Chinese state-owned Guizhou Gouchuang Energy Holdings Group last year. This was the first Chinese acquisition of a US coal company, and a top Chinese CEO in the coal industry said Chinese coal companies were interested in further acquisitions. While TCU is worried about the destructive practice of mountain top removal, it is also concerned over Chinese companies with a poor environmental record acquiring US assets. [ADVERTISEMENT] "We're proud that Tennessee is a red state, but just how red are we willing to go?" Environmentalist group Appalachian Voices points out that while the coal is mostly sent to other US states now, it may not be that way for long. Last year the US sent 12% of US coal overseas, and as alternatives to coal become cheaper in the US, the group predicts, that percentage will increase. It also warns that if the coal industry becomes more international, the profits from Tennessee coal will go overseas while the pollution will stay at home. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end | Michael Hendryx
 
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Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of the pushback he's received from the coal industry, advocating for the ethical obligation scientists have to speak the truth. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Unplugging MTR -- Mountain Top Removal coal mining in Southern Appalachia
 
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Turning words into actions: Rebelling against electriciy suppliers that consume the largest qualities of coal mined by mountaintop removal methods, such as Duke Energy, Specifically, the organized switching-off of homes in select communities during periods of time (hours) on certain days. North Carolina electric industry: http://www.ncuc.net/industries/electric/electric.htm I don't like knocking the mountains down in West Virginia to make coal says Ted Turner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4HGDzkkNP8 --- COMMENT: The Masters of Coal in the U.S. are now the electricity utilities, not the mining companies. Until several years ago, coal mining companies could sell more than they could produced. Now -- like never before -- there's ability to produce more coal than is needed. This has resulted in the U.S. electrical utilities becoming the masters of coal -- controlling which coalfields get mined and by which companies. --- 10/28/2010 - http://www2.mountaintimes.com/entertainment_focus/Trees_On_Fire_id_002433 (Excerpts) Currently, [coal] strip mining is not permitted in North Carolina. Appalachian Voices says it's still something North Carolina needs to be concerned about. Why? Because North Carolinians use the coal. "We're estimating 25 percent of the generation that we have is coming from mountaintop removed coal supply," Duke spokesman Erin Culbert said. "And almost all of our boilers are designed to use central Appalachian coal," Culbert said. MCR is a cheaper practice than traditional mining. While BREMCO and Duke are active in energy conservation education and promotion of alternative energies, the spokespersons don't anticipate MCR to go away anytime soon. --- 6/12/2010 - Duke rethinking options on use of mountaintop coal http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/06/12/1495016/duke-rethinking-options-on-use.html (Excerpts) Duke Energy made an unusual request of its coal suppliers last month: Quote the price of coal mined without blasting Appalachian mountaintops. With that, the nation's third-largest utility in power sales hinted that it might cut ties to the environmentally destructive and politically explosive practice. Mountaintop-removal mining, or MTR, opens coal seams by removing the earth over them, and dumps the rock and dirt into valleys below. About 25 percent of coal in the central Appalachians, where most of North Carolina's fuel comes from, is mined that way. "We see mountaintop-removal coal as nonsustainable coal," said senior vice president Paul Newton, whose duties include overseeing fuel purchases. Duke's request of suppliers, a first for the company, will reveal price differences between coal mined by mountaintop removal and non-MTR coal - and its availability. Coal from different types of mines is often blended together. Some environmentalists suspect Duke is trying to buff its public image and has no real intention of banning mountaintop coal from its fuel mix. Duke burned 14 million tons of coal in its eight Carolinas coal-fired power plants last year, a lower figure than usual as electricity sales slumped during the recession. It typically uses about 45 million tons a year at its plants in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. --- 6/7/2010 - http://blogs.newsobserver.com/business/duke-energy-questions-blasting-mountaintops-for-coal (Excerpts) Duke and Raleigh-based Progress Energy get nearly all their coal from Appalachian coal mines. About half the coal -- some 15 million tons a year -- comes from MTR with the rest comes from underground mines. North Carolina is one of the nation's top users of mountaintop coal --. about half of its electricity si from coal-burning power plants with about half that coal mined by MTR . Nationwide, about 6.5 percent of the total coal output depends on blasting off mountaintops. === Margaret A. Palmer - http://www.palmerlab.umd.edu/ http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/261997/january-18-2010/coal-comfort---margaret-palmer http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122297492 http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View&FileStore_id=66fea6d0-9bce-4a9b-be47-aa264a471a89 === This clip is from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_G-3aa4r_Q Maria Gunnoe, a native of Bob White, WV - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfB0pBiJNgs This was done by Meredith Danluck, producer of Toxic West Virginia - http://www.vbs.tv/watch/toxic/west-virginia Penn State plans to spend $25 million to $35 million to convert its coal-fired steam plant to natural gas in a move university officials say will reduce carbon emissions. (More) http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x233968687/Penn-State-trustees-approve-converting-coal-fired-plant-to-gas
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Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal
 
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Novelist House (Clay's Quilt) and Kentucky journalist Howard, both "children of Appalachia," decided to pick up where the national media have left off in their environmental obsession, illuminating the long-growing mining crisis in Central Appalachia. Twelve Appalachians-among them a college student, former union organizers, community activists and the octogenarian "mother of folk," Jean Ritchey-provide first-hand accounts of a disappearing way of life, a vital ecology in rapid decline, an industry that refuses to take responsibility for the devastation it causes (blowing the tops off mountains is only the latest, most destructive technique), and a nation too hooked on cheap energy to help. If nothing else, these oral histories will give readers a sense of what's at stake on a personal level. Student Nathan Hall calls mining the best job he ever had: "I met the most interesting characters of my life... the most hilarious, most good hearted." Says Judy Bond, lifelong resident of the leading coal-producing county in W.V., "The more coal we mine, the poorer we get." This important collection illuminates the ongoing betrayal of the American mining town.
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No More Excuses, End Mountaintop Removal
 
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In Appalachia, children are 42 percent more likely to have birth defects if they live near a mountaintop removal coal mine. Citizens are 50 percent more likely to suffer from cancer. This new video from Appalachian Voices features children giving the basic lesson that blowing up mountains and dumping the waste in nearby rivers is harming their communities. Share the video and join the campaign to tell President Obama: No more excuses. End Mountaintop Removal. Now. Visit http://ilovemountains.org/no-more-excuses I do not own the rights to this video, it was mirrored from Appalachian Voices.
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Mountaintop Removal part 2 of 2
 
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Part two - The hidden destruction of the Appalachian Mountains by coal mining companies using mountaintop removal.
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Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining in Central Appalachia
 
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1/21/2011 - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/opinion/21fri4.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss (Excerpt) If the Obama administration stays the course, the Environmental Protection Agency's decision last week to revoke a permit for one of the nation's biggest mountaintop-removal mining projects could be the beginning of the end of a mining practice that has caused huge environmental harm across Appalachia. The decision is a tribute to the agency, which faced fierce political opposition and a victory for the West Virginians who worked long and hard to block the mine. It should also be a warning to the mining industry that the days of getting its way, no matter the cost, are over. The Last Mountain documentary, Sundance 2011 selection - released on 1/21/2011 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDuQAcVGAfM === http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSzOiGFa-0 5/9/3009 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSzOiGFa-0 Mary Anne Hitt - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mary-anne-hitt/5/4a0/478 Mary Anne Hitt : The True Cost of Mountian Top Removal, 5/22/08 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpyxvevjq4Y Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwe56QKpXFQ Mary Anne Hitt: Blowing up mountains in the US for more coal,11/27/2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUetdMwG_x4 --- The National Memorial for the Mountains http://www.ilovemountains.org/memorial/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpSDY6r2BVc http://www.ilovemountains.org/multimedia --- Google Earth Hero: Appalachian Voices, 10/26/2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmrohA0aNc --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYTDAAH9k9s http://appalachiarising.org/ ---- http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=080_1285630508 --- Fighting Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining - a bargin with the devil, 9/7/2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKw4CM_aBmc --- Mining Gone Wild by Cartoonist Mark Fiore, 2005 http://www.markfiore.com/animation/wild.html --- A Fight for a Mountaintop - The New York Times, 8/16/2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1maPGSVbE2o ==== http://www.uncommonproductions.com/ http://web.mit.edu/ki/about/leadership/haney.html Bill Haney is the co-founder of Uncommon Productions, a documentary and feature film production company with offices in Boston and Los Angeles. He has written, directed, and/or produced several award-winning films, including the documentaries The Price of Sugar and A Life Among Whales, and the soon to be released feature films American Violet and Crusade: A March Through Time. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Bill was an inventor, entrepreneur and active environmentalist who spent 20 years founding and managing biotechnology and environmental technology companies. A graduate of Harvard University, Bill serves or has served on boards for Harvard University's Kennedy School, The Presidents Circle of the National Academy of Sciences, World Resources Institute, National Resources Defense Council, and the Huntington Theater. Bill is also the co-founder and a current board member of Infante Sano, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving maternal and newborn healthcare in developing Latin American countries. Bill lives in Boston with his wife Anne, a painter, and their three children. September 28, 2007 http://filmmakermagazine.com/directorinterviews/2007/09/bill-haney-price-of-sugar.html William M. Haney III — or Bill Haney to you and me — is one of those people who one suspects would be successful at almost anything he chose to turn his hand to. He started his first business while still an undergrad at Harvard, and made $15m when he sold his stock in the company, aged just 26. He then moved on to invest in two environmental companies and then a software company, continuing his success with all three. He first became interested in film when in the mid-1990s he met Errol Morris during the making of Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, an encounter which planted the idea in his head that he become a documentarian. (Continued) === The Lorax by Dr. Suess (24:49 minutes) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6650219631867189375#
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Call Congress Today - End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 Over 200 volunteers from more than 27 states attended the 5th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington. They met with members of Congress and asked them to co-sponsor the Clean Water Protection Act (H.R. 1310) and the Appalachia Restoration Act (S 696). Please take a moment today to support their efforts! By calling your Representative in Congress today, you can help make the case that now is the time end mountaintop removal coal mining. produced by Appalachian Voices, Dorst Media Works, and the Alliance for Appalachia. Special thanks to Benji Burrell, Dan Evans, Steve Dorst, Chad Stevens, and Mary Anne and Than Hitt.
Views: 1290 iLoveMountainsOrg
Communities at Risk: End Mountaintop Removal Now
 
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Mountaintop removal coal mining wrecks the land, poisons the water, and kills people. But it's still happening. Appalachians are determined to revive their economy and create a healthy future. Join us today. http://appvoices.org/communities-at-risk/
Views: 1571 AppalachianVoices
Appalachian Coal's Dirty Trail
 
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Shows the destruction and pollution caused by mountaintop removal mining and coal use... SOURCES: ---- The Mountaintop Removal Road Show - http://www.mountainroadshow.com/ ---- Mountain Justice - http://www.mjsb.org/html/mtr.html ---- Coal Is Dirty - http://www.coal-is-dirty.com/ ---- Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition - http://www.ohvec.org/ ---- I Love Mountains - http://www.ilovemountains.org/ ---- Kentuckians For The Commonwealth - http://www.kftc.org/our-work/canary-project/resources/fight-back/smcra ---- The Union of Concerned Scientists - http://www.kftc.org/ ---- Appalachian Voices - http://www.appvoices.org/ ---- Wikipedia the free online Encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/ ---- EIA Kids Energy - http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=coal_home-basics ---- Mad Scientist - http:www.madsci.org/posts/1262744400 ---- Sludge Safety Project - http://www.sludgesafety.org/what_me_worry/heavy_metal.html ---- The Mountaintop Mining Consequences article (by a dozen concerned scientists) in the Jan. 7, 2010 issue of Science magazine - http://endmtr.com/palmer_mtr_science2010.pdf ---- The Environmental Protection Agency - http://www.epa.gov/mercury/control_emissions/global.htm ---- 2003 EPA Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Mountaintop Mining/Valley Fills in Appalachia - pg. III.A-6 - http://www.epa.gov/Region3/mtntop/ ---- United Nations Environment Programme, The Global Atmospheric Assessment - http://www.unep.org/ ---- The United States Government - http://www.usgs.gov/themes/factsheet/146-00/ ---- The Environmental News Service - http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2004/2004-06-10-10.asp) ---- Earth Island Institute Journal - http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/moving_mountains1/ ---- Truly Eco- and Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine by Jasmine Greene on www.Care2.com - http://all-creatures.org/ ---- Using Radar to Protect Birds From Wind Farms - http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/using-radar-to-protect-birds-from-wind-farms/ ---- Nov. 2006 UN report - Livestocks Long Shadow - ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/A0701E/A0701E00.pdf ---- John A. McDougall, M.D. - eating healthy - www.drmcdougall.com ---------- CREDITS: ---- A SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES TO: -- Dave Cooper of www.mountainroadshow.com for lots of information, help, and photos -- My oldest brother for his technical advice, critiques, and endless patience ---- PHOTOS BY AND FROM: --- Vivian Stockman at www.ohvec.org - Appalachian mountain, mountaintop removal, and related photos (Airplane service for her aerial shots was provided by South Wings at www.SouthWings.org) --- Darren Payne - Salamander and stream photos --- www.mountainroadshow.com and anonymous friends - Blasting, sludge, valley fill, reclamation, flood, and other mountaintop removal-related photos --- SBs (of Stinkbug Studios) oldest brother - Black cohosh blooms, bee, deer, and healthy vegan food photos --- SBs husband - Summer mountain landscape, fall lake, and close-up of fall trees photos --- SB - Her solar cooker in use photo --- Wikipedia - Wikimedia Commons Photos by: Ken Thomas, Jfacew, David Jolley, Dirk Ingo Franke, Mike Schiraldi, Spiritrock4u, Alfred Palmer, Jacob Windham, OlofE, FloraFarm GmbH Katharina Lohrie, Gzirk, Ersol, Anna, Marcbel, Drw25, Miya.m, and a few anonymous photographers --- The U.S. government and NASA (Public Domain photos) ---- 3-D THINGS: --- Mossy Rocks by DOA Services at www.doaservices.com --- 3-D Globe by Fringewood Design at http://cgi.fringewood.com/ with its textures from http://www.oera.net/How2/TextureMaps2.htm --- Plug & Socket (from toaster) and Branch (dead tree) by 3d true at www.3dtrue.com --- Eagle 2 by DAZ 3D at www.daz3d.com --- Jessica Casual; Table Lamp; Primitives; Long Hair Evo by Kozaburo; Cane and Rounded Cube by Dimension 3D; and Tree Trunk by Runtime DNA - all came with Poser 8, a virtual 3-D animation program by Smithmicro
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Mountaintop Removal Movie from iLoveMountains.org
 
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More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of "Blowin' in the Wind," sung by Willie Nelson. This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.ilovemountains.org.
Views: 209920 AppalachianVoices
Mountaintop Removal in Kentucky
 
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The Destruction of the Appalachian Mountains due to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
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About Appalachia and Appalachian Voices
 
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Appalachian Voices is celebrating our 15th year protecting the land, air, water, and people of the Appalachian region.
Views: 797 AppalachianVoices
mountaintop removal fox environmental science
 
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Sources: Clean coal technology. Washington, D.C.: Dept. of Energy, Assistant Secretary, Management and Administration, Procurement and Assistance Management, Office of Procurement Operations, 1986. Print. "Ecological Impacts of Mountaintop Removal." Appalachian Voices RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. "Finding Coal Products in Your Home."Finding Coal Products in Your Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. McNeil, Bryan T. Combating mountaintop removal in the fight against big coal. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Print. April 1, 2014. "Mountaintop Removal 101." Appalachian Voices RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. "Mountaintop removal mining." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Mar. 2014. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. "When Mountains Move." Mountaintop Removal Article, Coal Mining Information, Coal Industry Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.
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TN Appalachian Voices Has Hopes for Scenic Vistas Act (TNReport.com)
 
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JW Randolph, the director for the Tennessee chapter of Appalachian Voices, talks to TNReport.com about whether there is enough support for the Scenic Vistas Protection Act to pass committee and get a full hearing. According to Randolph there is bipartisan support for the bill, and the support gives him a lot of hope, but that he'd "believe it when the votes are cast and the gavel's down." Some of the bipartisan support for the bill likely could be in part due to the recent support given to the bill by the Tennessee Conservative Union, whose opposition to the practice is a result of Chinese investments into mountaintop removal mining in the state.
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Communities at Risk from Mountaintop Removal—Inman, Virginia
 
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Coal is declining in Central Appalachia, but mountaintop removal mining is getting closer to communities, posing ever greater threats to human health and the environment. We're calling on the White House to end this American tragedy before President Obama leaves office. Take action: http://www.communitiesatrisk.org
Views: 1148 AppalachianVoices
Appalachian Voices Press Conference Stetson Wind Farm
 
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Dustin White of West Virginia, Mary Love of Kentucky and Austin Hall of Appalachian Voices. This group traveled to Maine to spread the word about mountaintop removal coal mining. They hosted a press conference at one of Maine's largest wind farms.
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Mountaintop Removal: An American Tragedy
 
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Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this video shows firsthand footage of mountaintop removal coal mining and its impacts on Appalachian mountains, drinking water and families. Mountaintop removal is a mining practice where explosives are used to blast the tops off mountains to expose the thin seams of coal beneath. Once blasted, earth and coal dust from the mountaintop is dumped into neighboring valleys and waterways. Hundreds of mountaintops have been lost forever to MTR, and according to a 2005 environmental impact statement, nearly 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams have already been buried or contaminated by the devastating mining practice. Take action today and tell banks to stop financing this American tragedy at http://ran.org/mtrbanks
Mountaintop removal
 
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Appalachian mountaintop removal mining Mountain Justice is both a call to action and a request for help from the people of the Appalachian mountains. We seek to save our mountains, streams and forest from greedy coal companies. Over 1200 miles of streams have been buried and destroyed and countless mountains and ridge tops have been blown upgone for all eternity. The price of coal has doubled and the destruction of our watersheds is accelerating and spreading out like cancer. Our state and federal agencies charged with protecting our environment are liquidating our mountains. We are losing. Our loss is not only for our own generationbut for future generations. Where there once were water producing mountains - now there are barren scraped-biologically-dead toxic wastelands. Water is going to be more important to future generations than coal. You cannot drink coal. The lack of clean drinking water is already a global problem for humanity - as our population increases it will only get worse. The destruction of water producing mountains is not only a crime of the presentit is a very real attack on the future generations. We cannot afford to continue losing this struggle. A few already rich coal company executives are getting wealthier at the expense of us all. The acceleration of mountain top, side and ridge removal is a curse on the future and present generations.
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Restoring Eden - End Mountaintop Removal
 
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www.restoringeden.org Larry Gibson shares about why the people of Appalachia need to stand up against Mountaintop Removal some footage courtesy of 'Appalachian Voices' Watch in 720p!
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AppVoices
 
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Fly around Google Earth to view firsthand the mountaintop removal in Appalachia with satellite imagery.
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End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Virginia
 
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Mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying our mountains and streams, but Virginia residents have an opportunity to stop it this year.
Views: 1558 Ivy Main
Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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Appalachian communities are suffering as a result of mountaintop removal mining. Earthjustice is working through the courts to protect Appalachian communities from this destructive practice and to ensure the Clean Water Act is enforced.
Views: 21096 Earthjustice
Hearing: Federal Government Must Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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A Congressional hearing this morning focused in part on efforts by Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and others to study the health consequences of mountaintop removal coal mining. Displaying a bottle of contaminated water from the well of the Urias family in Eastern Kentucky, Yarmuth questioned Dr. Matthew Wasson, director of programs for Appalachian Voices, about the need for such a study. The hearing took place in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. "They don't need a website in their community to know there's a health problem associated with that water," Yarmuth said of those who live near mountaintop removal mining sites. "If that were the drinking water here in Congress, we not only wouldn't drink it -- we would not stand for it." Despite more than 20 peer-reviewed studies showing correlations between increased health risks and mountaintop removal mining, the federal government has yet to conduct a single study on the health consequences of the practice, in which coal operators use heavy machinery and explosives to remove upper levels of mountains and access coal seams beneath. These operations often result in contamination of surrounding land and water supplies. This Congress, Yarmuth introduced H.R. 526, the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, which would halt permits for mountaintop removal mining operations until the federal government can study its health impacts on nearby communities and declare the practice safe. According to recent peer-reviewed research, people living near mountaintop removal coal mining sites have increased rates of cancer, birth defects, and mortality. Additionally, an analysis in the journal Science found communities near mountaintop removal coal mining sites experience higher rates of chronic heart, lung, and kidney disease, as well as higher levels of adult hospitalizations for chronic pulmonary disorders and hypertension.
Views: 637 RepJohnYarmuth
Don't Blow Up The Mountain
 
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Don't Blow Up The Mountain is a graphic and moving music video about the heinous destruction being committed in Appalachia. The song, written by Nell Levin of Tennessee Alliance for Progress (www.tennesseeallianceforprogress.org), was inspired by the acclaimed documentary Kilowatt Ours by filmmaker Jeff Barrie (www.kilowattours.org). Ron Ault, videography (www.ronault.net), Susie Coleman, guitar and vocals, Nell Levin, fiddle, Ron Ault, banjo, and Charlie Chadwick, bass.
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UBS - Knoxville Tennessee Rally Against Mountaintop Removal Funding
 
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**MUSIC: "Cricket Dub" on Ras Alan's, "Organic" Album** http://www.appalachianreggae.com/home.html http;//handsoffappalachia.wordpress.com On February 2013, the UBS: Hands Off Appalachia! Campaign rallied to voice their opposition to UBS wealth management company's funding and supporting of mountaintop removal coal mining. WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL UBS DOES. Hands Off Appalachia! is an active US-based campaign demanding UBS change their official policy and stop funding and supporting companies that engage in mountaintop removal coal mining. What's mountaintop removal [MTR]? Mountaintop removal (MTR) is a radical form of coal mining that blasts away mountains and devastates the environment and communities of Appalachia. MTR is being practiced primarily in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and according to a 2009 study conducted by Appalachia Voices and the NRDC "roughly 1.2 million acres, including 500 mountains, have been flattened by mountaintop removal coal mining in the central Appalachian region." According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mountaintop removal destroyed more than 1,200 miles of Appalachian streams and 7 percent of its forests between 1985 and 2001. However, MTR is much more than an environmental or aesthetic issue. It's true that MTR creates polluted waters and toxic air but this destructive practice also perpetuates economic poverty, poor health, rampant cancer, loss of cultural heritage, and political disenfranchisement. See: http://mountainjustice.org/facts/steps.php What is UBS? UBS AG is a Swiss-owned wealth management company heavily involved in the global financial sector. Based out of Zurich Switzerland, they handle billions of dollars in investments and asset management all across the world. UBS provides a broad rage of services to wealthy individuals, corporations, institutions and even governments. There are UBS branch locations all over the United States, with their national branch located in Stanford, CT. How is UBS involved with MTR? UBS funds and supports many of the largest companies engaged in mountaintop removal coal mining in Southern Appalachia, including: Patriot Coal Corporation, Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal Inc and James River Coal Company. Together, we will apply enough public pressure to ensure that UBS changes its official policy and stops funding and supporting companies that engage in mountaintop removal.
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Turn The Page Interview with JW Randolph
 
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On Dec 02, 2010, Oro Shango and Miss Paula did a very special show dedicated to Mountain Top Removal coal mining with J.W. Randolph, who is NOW Tennessee Director for Appalachian Voices. At the time of this interview J.W. Randolph was a Legislative Associate originally from the town of Birchwood in eastern Tennessee. JW has worked for Appalachian Voices since October 2004, founding the popular "pizzas and vistas" program for student volunteers and leading legislative efforts at the state, local, and federal level. JW served in Washington DC as Appalachian Voices' Legislative Associate, working to pass two pieces of legislation; the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310) in the House, and the Appalachia Restoration Act (S 696) in the Senate. These bills will stop the dumping of mountaintop removal mining waste into Appalachian headwater streams and have gained more than 180 bipartisan cosponsors. He has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" for his work with citizen lobbyists from Appalachia on Capitol Hill, as well as ClearSkiesTV, ClimateTV, EENews, Salon, and radio from coast to coast.
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In Coal Country, a Community Fights for Wind | National Geographic
 
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In the heart of West Virginia's coal country, organizers fight for a wind farm that could save Coal River Mountain, where a mining operation is under way. This video features footage from "Overburden," a documentary in progress that chronicles one town's struggle to chart its energy future in the shadow of the coal industry. Learn more at http://thecoalwar.com. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Read more about the future of coal online in National Geographic magazine: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/coal/nijhuis-text STORY AND VIDEOGRAPHY: Chad A. Stevens PRODUCERS: Catherine Orr and Elena Rue CONSULTING EDITOR: Toby Shimin EDITORS: Catherine Orr, Elena Rue and Caitlyn Greene ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: Chris Carmichael and Shaena Mallett AERIAL FOOTAGE: Adolfo Doring, Michael Kelem, and Amanda Zackem. Made possible by Appalachian Voices and the Wallace Global Fund MUSIC: Mountain Man, Tyler Strickland, Mark Geary, Jeff Claus, Judy Hyman, and Moby, courtesy http://mobygratis.com In Coal Country, a Community Fights for Wind | National Geographic https://youtu.be/ZKOavgDCQYo National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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With Mountain Top Removal, Appalachia is Locked to Dirty Financing
 
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Interview with Nick Katkevich who talks about an action by anti-mountain top removal activists, part of the Livable Climate Movement. Several were arrested 6/28/30 in Stamford, CT outside the offices of the Swiss bank UBS which is heavily into coal mining finance. Interviewed by Eco Up's Stanley Heller
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Stop Mountaintop Removal
 
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Mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying Appalachia. http://www.stopmountaintopremoval.org Thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of streams and rivers are being permanently demolished while state and federal governments look the other way. The culture and history of Appalachia is disappearing with each mountaintop that is blown away. Mountaintop removal mining is the worst environmental disaster our country has ever known, and it's time this destructive mining practice ends!
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"The Appalachians" Mountaintop Removal Sequence
 
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This excerpt of the award-winning documentary "The Appalachians" by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller focuses on the effects of mountaintop removal (MTR) on the people of Appalachia. The directors, along with Sierra Club Productions are developing a feature-length documentary on MTR and the brave citizens who are fighting to put an end to it. Stay tuned to www.sierraclub.org for details. And to order a full-length copy of "The Appalachians" please go to www.appalachiamyhome.com.
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Appalachian Voices- 7/29/10- "Built For This" -Bearsville Theater
 
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"The people & land of Appalachia are too important to be sacrificed for Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining. Culturally the region.. is an indispensable part of our history and identity. .. American music, dances, and stories, are the fruit of Appalachia." Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore and Yim Yames. A series of 9 concerts to bring awareness and collect $ for prevention of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.
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Harnessing Coal River Wind in Appalachia
 
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In Appalachia, almost 500 mountains have been blown up for coal mining. Coal River Wind Project proposes leaving the mountain intact for a wind farm to provide long-term renewable energy to the US. Reducing our dependence on coal is not only better for the environment, say Coal River Wind, but economically profitable for local citizens and companies in Appalachia.
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Let's End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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Watch The Sierra Club's video featuring footage of Ashley Judd speaking out against mountaintop removal. Then take action at www.sierraclub.org/mountaintop to help put an end to this destructive practice. Footage courtesy of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Evening Star Production's "The Appalachians" - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
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ilovemountains.org - Google Earth is an absolute necessity
 
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Benji Burrell and Matt Wasson of Appalachian Voices - http://appalachianvoices.org about the creation of http://ilovemountains.org WHAT'S YOUR CONNECTION TO MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL? FIND OUT AT: http://www.ilovemountains.org/myconnection One Stop Involvement Shop by Matt Wasson http://www.radford.edu/wkovarik/class/design/484/mapping.htm (Excerpts) The motivation for building ilovemountains.org was to create a sort of one stop shop for people to learn about MTR and very easily get involved with the movement to end it. That's the overall motivation. Within that there were some strategic objectives that we wanted to accomplish thanks to tools like GoogleEarth were able to accomplish them. We basically used four databases -- two from the Energy Information Administration of the Dept. of Energy; one from the Environmental Protection Agency; and one from the Office of Surface Mining. No one had ever put them together before, and it wasn't easy. We really had to force it. This thing was a year in the making from the initial conception to the launch late in 2007. The real story is what is happening in Appalachia, and how deeply wrong that is. But the problem is that the story only goes so far in attracting mainstream media and getting people involved. So taking advantage of the technology was a natural step in bringing the story to a larger audience. I don't want to make the technology so much the story but to make the problem and peoples connection to the problem -- that's the story. 5/28/2008 - NetSquared Project Interviews and Session Notes http://rootwork.org/blog/2008/05/netsquared-project-interviews-session-notes (Excerpt) Benji Burrell of iLoveMountains.org delivered a presentation about their online advocacy, including an innovative zip code lookup feature, a nice mashup of legislative data from Democracy in Action, a great action map implementation of the open-source ForwardTrack software, and embeddable widgets created through Sprout Builder. ---- 10/29/2008 - From Mary Anne Hitt http://www.ilovemountains.org/news/page28 (Excerpts) I wanted to be the first to tell you that on November 3rd, I will be beginning a new job in Washington, DC, as the deputy director of the Sierra Club's National Coal Campaign. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mary-anne-hitt/5/4a0/478 Dr. Matt Wasson will be taking over as Director of Programs of Appalachian Voices (the primary producer of iLoveMountains.org). Many of you know know Matt already. He's been with us since 2001 and has played a critical role as the Conservation Director of Appalachian Voices. Matt helped lead iLoveMountains.org since Day 1, helping to conceive, design and implement our National Memorial for the Mountains and our How are you Connected? program, among other award-winning online tools. Photo: Ms. Hitt putting her muscle into it http://www.ilovemountains.org/images/mary-anne-tattoo-cropped.jpg ---- More: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPixjCneseE The National Memorial for Mountains - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpSDY6r2BVc Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZqpgaZUP0E (This clip is from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmrohA0aNc ) ==== http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-wasson http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=16133396 2/16/2010 Matt Wasson started at Appalachian Voices several weeks before handing in his dissertation in 2001. He "fell in love" with the eastern mountains when doing his dissertation work in the middle of the Adirondacks in New York. After the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska he had worked on one of the teams studying its aftermath — specifically, the spill's impacts on sea bird populations. He got that job through one of his professors at the University of Washington. After the first summer working on a remote island out in the Gulf of Alaska, he was pretty much hooked on biology. Source: http://www.blueplanetgreenliving.com/tag/google-earth-heroes/ - Dr. Wasson interview with his first cousin. Julia Wasson, Publisher of Blue Planet, 2/16/2010 5/25/2000 - Matthew Wasson received the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Teaching Award from Cornell University, given in recognition of excellence in teaching by a teaching assistant. Source: http://www.news.cornell.edu/chronicle/00/5.25.00/awards.html
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The Court Fight for Clean Water in Kentucky
 
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The Riverkeeper Team at Appalachian Voices discovered two of the largest mountaintop removal coal mining companies in Kentucky breaking the law. ICG and Frasure Creek Mining violated the Clean Water Act more than 20,000 times. In October 2010, we filed a 60 day notice letter to hold them accountable under the citizen lawsuit provision of the Clean Water Act. This video tells the story of our appearance in January 2011 in a Kentucky court room to fight for clean water.
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Saving "The Most Beautiful Place in the World"
 
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Produced with a song by Mary Anne Hit of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign, footage from Appalachian Voices, and editing by 1Sky staff, this collaborative video speaks to the need to protect Appalachia from the reprehensibly destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR). The speaking voices on the video are all Appalachian natives who are tired of seeing their homes abused and want better for the future generations of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and the rest of the mountains' states.
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Mountain Hero: Fighting Mountaintop Removal
 
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From living with contaminated water in his own home as a child, to being forced out of his house for speaking out against the coal company, Junior Walk's path to activism was not an easy one. His courage and clear voice calling for change has been widely recognized. Today Walk works with Coal River Mountain Watch, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, and RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival) to end mountaintop removal mining. He travels the country with the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation educating people about the long-term environmental, health and community degradation caused by coal mining. He was a recipient of the prestigious Brower Youth Awards in 2011. The late renowned environmentalist and climber David Brower famously said, "Tough mountains build bold leaders." Junior Walk is one of the many courageous and bold leaders whom the Appalachian Mountains have built. Also featuring Chase Brown, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation.
Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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Sobering images of mountaintop removal, and comments by local resident Denise Giardina. - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
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Daryl Hannah Protests Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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Daryl Hannah on the problems surrounding Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining. Shot at Marsh Fork Elementary in Southern West Virginia, 400 yds from a Massey Energy Coal Mine. Ms. Hannah was arrested shortly thereafter along with Dr. James Hansen and 30 climate activists.
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Appalacians fight Mountain-top Removal-1/2
 
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West Virginia Grandfather Takes on the Coal Industry: Ed Wiley on His Battle Against Mountaintop Removal Mining It's been described as "the government-sanctioned bombing of Appalachia." The controversial coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal has been used widely in West Virginia. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams. Its use has expanded under the Bush administration. We speak with Ed Wiley, one of the leading activists behind the grassroots effort to stop mountaintop removal in West Virginia. [includes rush transcript]
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