Category Archives: mountaintop removal coal mining

The EPA and stopping the Spruce (rape-the-Earth) mine

Good editorial here on the EPA’s recent decision to rescind the permit for a mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia that would have continued the criminal-like burying of natural streams with the mining rubble.

EPA appeals W.Va. coal mine ruling

The EPA finally got around to saying no to a mountaintop removal coal mine and then a judge twists it all around. Meanwhile, the damage continues and continues and certain politicians can  only carp about jobs. Pretty damn sad. You can read about the EPA’s latest decision right here.

Dr. James Hansen: Game over for world’s climate

The director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies is plain spoken and we’d all better believe what he says and writes. There is no getting around it. We either deal with our fossil fuel addiction now, or we make the planet uninhabitable for generations to come. Dr. Hansen’s op-ed essay from today’s NY Times can be read here.

Spring gets ahead of itself – humans activities to blame

Activities like burning coal; driving cars with engines fueled by gasoline; logging trees off public land just for the hell of it; and much, much more. Read the sorrowful tale of how humans are changing what the Creator gave us.

Stop the presses: Mountaintop removal does indeed harm streams

Surprise, surprise. So, will this study that confirms what conservationists have been saying for decades actually lead to legislation that stops the removal of Appalachian mountaintops? Don’t count on it – sadly.

With deaths of forests, world losing climate protectors

This in-depth science feature, from the NYT, spells it out in quiet detail. I wish, though, that the authors of the feature had also talked about how sprawl development and attendant road-building is fragmenting and destroying native forests. Hell, I saw this kind of thing going on all the time while living in northeastern Pennsylvania, a region that had already lost much of its native forests from anthracite coal-mining stripping operations over the decades. And still, the public motors on as is if there is no harm to their carbon dioxide-creating activities.

EPA chief stands firm as tough new air rules coming

This report about Lisa Jackson and her agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, is fine as far as writing goes, but it features all the usual cliches one read in scuh pieces: “burdensome regulations,” “economic cost,” etc. Hey, neighbors, there won’t be any economy at all if humans don’t clean up their act when it comes to greenhouse gases and a whole range of other environmental glitches.