Discussion in 'Energy' started by Jroc, Mar 28, 2012.
Read more: Judge slams EPA for axing coal permit - Erica Martinson - POLITICO.com
I wonder where all the pro union Obama supporters are when it comes to the issue of the coal unions being screwed over by Obama's EPA?
Mountaintop Removal Mining | Beyond Coal
Mountaintop Removal Mining
In Appalachia, mining companies blow the tops off mountains to reach a thin seam of coal. They then dump millions of tons of rubble and toxic waste into the streams and valleys below the mining sites.
This destructive practice, known as mountaintop-removal mining, has damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 miles of streams and threatens to destroy 1.4 million acres of mountaintops and forests by 2020. The mining poisons drinking water, destroys beautiful forests and wildlife habitat, increases the risk of flooding and wipes out entire communities.
Who Gets Hurt
Mountaintop removal pollutes waterways and allows toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, selenium, and arsenic to leach into local water supplies -- the same water that Appalachia's people rely on. But the danger isn't limited to drinking water; mountaintop removal also causes air pollution that affects communities for miles around. Many of the toxins that pollute mountaintop-removal sites are carcinogens, and cancer rates are twice as high for people who live near mountaintop-removal sites.
I was referring to this:
EPA Regulations | Coal Industry | Job Loss | The Daily Caller
New EPA rule threatens coal industry, electricity consumers | GoUpstate.com
60 percent of our power comes from coal. And Obama stated in 2008 he would bankrupt the coal fired plant industry. All part of the master plan. We will be either paying thousands for electricity or be suffering blackouts and brownouts.
They won't let us Strip-Mine in Montana ether.
Miles and miles of grassland with coal beneath the surface and we can't touch it cuz it would ruin the natural ugliness of the Great Plains.
I suggest you turn off your fucken PC and turn off your TV and turn off your fridge and turn off your lights and AC.
Go back to living like they did during the Great Depression so slugs and bugs can live in their natural habitat.
Just a personal observation: As a kid, I hunted extensively in a few Appalachian areas that were previously strip mines and mountain top removal sites. They were among the most beautiful, bountiful and fruitful hunting grounds I've ever experienced. Twenty years prior, not so pretty, but in relatively short time, paradise on earth. It would seem Mother Nature has no problem healing from our efforts to extract natural resources.
That said, if a mining operation of any kind actually harms nearby residences, they are entitled to seek compensation in a court of law...unless of course the government regulators have provided industry with litigious protection (anyone remember the $75M limit the government place on a gulf oil spill?). Point is, the EPA is unnecessary, unconstitutional and costly to taxpayers and job seekers.
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