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Boycott Wendy’s Until it Stops Sponsoring Mountaintop Removal

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , on January 8, 2010 by ezlnwv

Update: Wendy’s has taken down the Friends of Coal stickers only to replace them with something worse: signs promoting the group Coal Mining Our Future and their campaign “Coal for Kids.” Coal Mining Our Future is a Kentucky based pro-mountaintop removal organization. They claim that “Coal for Kids” is an effort to raise money for local children. It is clear to impacted residents that “Coal for Kids” is propaganda that Wendy’s should not be promoting.

Please sign this petition pledging to boycott Wendy’s until it stops supporting mountaintop removal.

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Mountaintop Removal and National Security

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by ezlnwv

Those who profit from mountaintop removal often justify the practice by claiming it is good for the United States. Take Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy, who at his pro-mountaintop removal labor day extravaganza–called the “Friends of America Rally”–literally dressed in the American flag and proclaimed that the EPA’s increasing concern about strip-mining put “America itself” at risk.  According to Blankenship and others, because coal companies can cheaply extract coal by simply blowing up the mountains that shelter it rather than paying a large workforce to mine it, they can keep the price of energy low enough so that Americans can afford to power their great cities, factories, and homes. 

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Flip-Flopping for Mountaintop Removal

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2009 by ezlnwv

When it comes to stopping Massey Energy from destroying Coal River Mountain, the last (largely) untouched ridge in South Central West Virginia, Governor Joe Manchin is adament that he does not get involved in the permitting process for mountaintop removal.

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Pro-Coal Group Buys “Members” From Stock Photo Site

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , on August 26, 2009 by ezlnwv

Faces of Coal is another corporate sponsored pro-mountaintop removal group that likes to call itself “grassroots.”  Hopefully they won’t go as far as other astroturfers and forge letters to Congress.   But beware…

Thanks to Jamie Goodman with Appalachian Voices for uncovering this.

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Leaked Memo Proves DEP Head Must Resign

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2009 by ezlnwv

Against the overwhelming evidence (including EPA studies) and down-right commonsense that mountaintop removal coal quarrying (formerly known as “mining”) had very harmful effects on ecosystems, the coal industry and its government could find shelter behind a scientific institution which said otherwise.  And though alone in the wilderness, this shelter seemed all the more sturdy since it was none other than the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the very agency whose members had as a primary duty to diligently guard against any intrusion which would harm the environment. As head of the DEP, Randy Huffman’s contestation that mountaintop removal was benign seemed like the voice of Zeno’s reason, assuring us that we have been manipulated by our senses, that the degradation we see is only a chimera, that the arrow really doesn’t move.

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Why the Government Should NOT Fund Tree Planting on MTR Sites

Posted in Nature, Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by ezlnwv

According to the AP,  “The Obama administration is mulling a proposal for a new jobs program with the aim of planting trees on Appalachian mountaintops that have been scalped by mining companies in search of coal.” The money would go to a group called the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. On the surface, this seems like a great way to reclaim mountaintop removal sites and at the same time bring jobs to the region.

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Earl Ray Tomblin Wants to be Governor

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , on July 31, 2009 by ezlnwv

[I wrote this about two years ago, when I found out that Tomblin was boasting to mountaintop removal opponents that he was going to be the next governor.]

Earl Ray Tomblin is the President of West Virginia’s State Senate and he wants to be governor.  Tellingly, for 35 years he has  represented Logan County, arguably the most corrupt county in the nation.  Logan’s failing sunshine review grade and the latest vote buying scandal only scratch the surface. 

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