American citizens in Appalachia are living in a state of terror

AlterNet
by Bo Webb

02/19/09

As I write this letter, I brace myself for another round of nerve-wracking explosives being detonated above my home in the mountains of West Virginia. Outside my door, pulverized rock dust, laden with diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate explosives hovers in the air, along with the residual of heavy metals that once lay dormant underground. The mountain above me, once a thriving forest, has been blasted into a pile of rock and mud rubble. … I live at the bottom of a mountain-top-removal coal-mining operation in the Peachtree community...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Coal Kills -- Time for People Power to Protect the Climate

By Ecological Internet's Climate Ark project //www.climateark.org/ March 1, 2009

TAKE ACTION HERE NOW: //www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=coal_kills

The use of coal must end if we are to maintain an operable atmosphere, human civilization and all the Earth's complex life

BRIEF BACKGROUND: The growing and powerful climate movement has, based upon climate science, already shown conclusively that climate change is real and deadly. Now we must urge politicians, industry and individuals to immediately act and transform themselves if we are to survive. Finally, a mass protest against coal -- whose plants are "factories of death" -- is to occur in America, reflecting the urgency and depth of the one most important, sufficient climate response through non-violent civil disobedience.

Coal generates the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of energy obtained, and large reserves remain that must not be burned if we are to survive. Continued reliance upon coal, without immediate phasing-out of plants that emit into the atmosphere, is incompatible with any scenario to reduce atmospheric GHGs to a safe level in time to avert irreversible and catastrophic climate change.

Ecological Internet wholeheartedly endorses the Capitol Climate Action -- the largest mass civil disobedience for the climate in U.S. history. On March 2, you are urged to join thousands of people in protesting at the Capitol Power Plant in Washington DC, a plant that powers the U.S. Congress with dirty energy. We encourage you to consider marching and getting arrested to make the point that the age of coal is over, and/or to show your support for the brave protestors and the end of coal by sending the message below.

TAKE ACTION NOW: //www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=coal_kills

DISCUSS THIS ALERT: //www.climateark.org/blog/2009/02/alert-coal-kills----time-for-p.asp

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Coal Industry Tries to Hide Dirty Facts Behind 'Clean' Claims
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