I came across this article that someone posted on Blog Action Day. It depicts, in words, photos and video, a process of mining called Mountain Top Removal. If this keeps up, any of you who plan to take any vacations in the Smoky Mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia better do it soon.
This practice absolutely sickens me. I grew up in Pennsylvania and am all too aware of how destructive coal mining can be. In the early and mid-20th century, vast expanses of the beautiful Pennsylvania mountains were destroyed by strip mining. Mountain Top Removal appears to be just as ugly a system with equally catastrophic results for human communities and fragile mountain ecosystems. I will be keeping track of this issue and letting my representatives in Congress know what I think. This sort of stuff has got to stop. Americans must start using our energy more wisely and investing more time and money in developing renewable energy sources.