Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Thinking Green Thursday


Michelle has been our host for Thinking Green Thursday. When I read her post today I wanted to cheer, because she is championing a favorite topic of mine, and wanted to cry because it is such a sad topic.
I'm sure you have seen this logo on my sidebar in the past, and in several of my posts.


The story doesn't change. It only grows worse with every passing day. The owner of a mine, Massey Energy, once again found itself in the headlines this past week, when twenty-five miners died. Conditions for the miners are dreadful. Beyond that, conditions created by mining practices, particularly the practice of simply blowing off the tops of mountains, are so outrageously WRONG, I can't begin to express my feelings .

I quote from the site of ilovemountains.org:

"Mountaintop removal is a radical form of coal mining where entire mountains are literally blown up -- devastating communities throughout Appalachia, polluting drinking water and destroying rivers. And the worst part is, you're paying for it.

If your home or business is on the electric grid, chances are you are connected to mountaintop removal in the Appalachian Mountains. Find out how -- and then find out what you can do about it."

I urge you to go to this site and read the details for yourself. Learn how YOU may have a direct connection to mountaintop removal.

I also urge you to go to Michelle's post. It is full of excellent information.

5 comments:

pink dogwood said...

Thanks for bringing this up - I will go read rambling woods now.

About your previous post - where do you hang the feeders? I guess anywhere outside?

Dianne said...

I hope the investigation of Massey actually goes somewhere this time, not just more slaps on the wrist and reduced fines
they clearly have no respect for the earth or for the miners

Daryl said...

I saw the coverage of this last nite and the head of the company that owns the mine is obnoxious ... he made a very strong bad impression on me a few months back when he was being investigated ... clearly he did nothing to fix the problems in the mine and now I hope the families of those who died sue him for every cent he has

Mountain Photog said...

That is such a terrible tragedy! It just illustrates the point that coal is not a viable source of energy. Not only is it devastating to the environment but it is devastating to workers and their families. I get so angry whenever I see a commercial for "clean" coal. There is no such thing.

Thanks for the reminder, Bobbie!

Rambling Woods said...

It was you that got me to visit that site in the beginning...I can thinking I should do Thinking Green anyway as there is so much to say.. Next week I will put up the linky... Michelle