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Sunday, September 16, 2007

THIS IS GOVERNMENTALLY SANCTIONED CRIME

Mountains, Schmountains, George Doesn't Give A Damn

You must learn this story. It is not a story that George Bush wants you to know. The coal industry doesn’t want you to know. And those are "just" reasons WHY you should make it your business to know the story. We are destroying the planet, the range of mountains called the Appalachian Mountains. Just like the Alps, the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains are a treasure. And I mean the beauty of them as treasure.

The environment’s ecosystem is interdependent and interrelated. It doesn’t matter that we don’t care about the environment to our and its detriment. The land and the environment does respond to our treatment whether we choose to acknowledge the aftermath of our ways or not. We can continue to wreck the planet or make a conscious decision to find another way to electrify our convenient lifestyle. What if George is wrong about the environment?

WHEN LAND IS NOT SACRED we give ourselves license to disregard its integrity and stop honoring it. That is precisely what is happening to the Appalachian Mountains. I would like to believe that we would care about this story if we understood. I would like to believe that we could and would commit to renewable sources of energy and end this political and corporate madness of raping the land - that was stolen from people who believed that land is to be treated as sacred - so that we can have energy. The coal - that is extracted by wrecking the mountains, their forests and water - is supposedly cheap. But the cost to the land, forests, erosion and the quality of the lives of the animals, as well as the human beings who have called it home for generations is too high to bury this story at the same time that we allow the burying of the rivers, streams, hollows.

Please take the time to learn of this story. Please, respect the land and the people who live in the mountains, but also keep in mind that climate is changed when you mess around with forests and vegetation that is destroyed in such a violent way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRKd25ybVmI
Virtual flyover of a Mountaintop Removal Site
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpSDY6r2BVc

Google Earth that tells the story of 450 mountains destroyed by mountaintop removal.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPixjCneseE

Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6QckGPrQQQ
Appalachian Mountains from beauty to absolute ruin by the loosening of restrictions of coal blasting by President Bush.
This five-part series explores the environmental issues affecting the world.In the Appalachian mountains of the eastern United States, coal-mining families who have lived there for generations are now being driven out of their homes by the latest mining practice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2dueyHZ6tY
The process of mountaintop removal is explained in this excerpt from the award-winning documentary, "The Appalachians".
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww2F27BR6tM
Shows how mountains in KY and WV looked before and after mountaintop removal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoN6OoNuFZ4

An excerpt of the award-winning documentary "The Appalachians" by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller focuses on the effects of MounainTop 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.

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