Appalachia's Agony


Gakked from Jim Tom­lin­son on Face­book. Let's hope Pres­i­dent Oba­ma notices.

The long­stand­ing dis­grace of moun­tain­top min­ing is now square­ly in Pres­i­dent Obama’s hands.

A recent court deci­sion has giv­en the green light to as many as 90 moun­tain­top min­ing projects in Appalachia’s coal-rich hills, which in turn could destroy more than 200 miles of val­leys and streams on top of the 1,200 miles that have already been oblit­er­at­ed. The right course for the admin­is­tra­tion is clear: stop the projects until the under­ly­ing reg­u­la­tions are revised so as to end the prac­tice alto­geth­er.

And buy Jim's new col­lec­tion of sto­ries, Noth­ing Like an Ocean. You won't be dis­ap­point­ed.

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