March 28th, 2010

Inspired by EPA moves to stop W. Va ‘mountaintop’ coal mine (Washington Post 3/27/10). The mine was initially issued a permit in 2007 (under Bush). EPA has stopped further development under authority of the Clean Water Act, which allows suspension of projects that would cause “unacceptable adverse impact” on water resources. The mine in question (“Spruce Number One”) would do just that by burying seven miles of valley streams with rubble and contaminating water resources downstream with toxic chemicals.

A lot of those mountain-tops have been “removed” to get what’s under them,
Blown away by coal-mining companies that plunder them.
A Big Man

I guess EPA read my earlier post and was inspired.

Or maybe it’s just that the old Bush appointees have been fired.

Whatever the reason, I’m glad they’re getting down to business

After eight long years of kowtowing to big business.

After all, “protection” is EPA’s middle name.

If you take that out, it’s just not the same.

America is beautiful, and that’s how it should stay,

But it won’t if we let energy companies have their way.

So lets protect those purple mountain majesties,

Whether or not Arch Coal agrees.


Here’s your theme music for today, America the Beautiful, as performed by the inestimable Ray Charles.  (That’s famed late sixties/early seventies talk show host Dick Cavett at the end; he hosted many great rock stars on his show.)


Want to do something about it? Then SIGN THIS PETITION, check out the Music Saves Mountains campaign, and if you can, go to the Green Concert of the Year to End Mountaintop Removal in Nashville on May 19. The concert is sponsored by NRDC, and features Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Patty Lovelace, Kathy Mattea and others. Read more about the concert and the cause in Green Concert of the Year: Dave Matthews Headlines Music Bash to End Mountaintop Removal (Jeff Biggers, 3/01/10). Biggers has just published a book about coal mining (and the environmental and social damage it has done), Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland. Check out all of this great stuff in our Amazon store, or download music, movies, and old TV shows for free with the Real SuperPass trial offer.

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2 Responses to “Mountaintops”

  1. Newsericks » Blog Archive » Happy Birthday USA Says:

    […] (in a repeat performance) is your theme music for today, America the Beautiful, as performed by the great Ray Charles. […]

  2. Newsericks » Blog Archive » The Story of Stuff (or, What’s It All About, Howie?) Says:

    […] “We chop down trees, we blow up mountains to get the metals inside, we use up all the water, and we wipe out the animals.” Howie doesn’t like this, but it’s the truth. He says that “we cut down trees and replant them,” but that’s not the way it used to be (and still is in some places) when large swathes of land were stripped of forest in both America and elsewhere. The improvement is in large part due to Howie’s bugaboo, government regulation. And yes, mining has been done since Roman times, but when it’s done at the size and scope of modern mining (which the Romans didn’t come close to) without regulation and remediation, it’s incredibly environmentally harmful, particularly mountaintop removal. […]

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