I am not even really sure if you can call it mining. It is literally blowing the tops off of mountains and then extracting coal from it.
Mountain Top Removal Mining @ Wikipedia
I had never really heard of this until I happened to be browsing around in Google Earth. This is truly amazing destruction. It is also amazing that it is happening so close to here and that I have never heard a single thing about it. You would think that it would be on the news at least once. Actually, it seems like it would be news a lot.
This video shows a lot of what is going on and if you ignore the Christian’s “Against God” and the tendency to get a little “Mother Earthy” it is seriously disturbing how much damage they are doing to this area.
This is increasingly sad given that we need to be getting away from burning coal anyway. Nuclear power generates far less problems and waste than coal and does far less damage to the environment. More people have been killed in coal accidents and disasters than have ever been killed due to nuclear power, yet we continue to destroy the world on the frontend and the backend of coal. We tear up the environment to get the coal and then we destroy the environment by burning the coal.
It is time to start building new nuclear reactors and stop supporting this wanton destruction. Do you know there hasn’t been a new nuclear reactor since the 70’s? Despite are dramatic increase in power consumption. While the French are almost entirely nuclear, except for a percentage that is wind. Why have we let a country that we think so little of get so far ahead of us in something so important?
And if anyone wants to complain about waste from nuclear plants and how it lasts forever, please read about Blackwater and its impoundment which is a product of coal mining which is highly toxic, produced in far greater amounts and can never be returned to the environment. Also there are no known deaths due to nuclear waste spills while there were 125 people killed in ONE spill of blackwater.
You can read more about this at http://www.ilovemountains.org