|Make An Impact Take The||Tell the House to End Mountaintop-removal Mining|
One of the worst results of our addiction to coal energy is mountaintop removal, which has already destroyed more than 500 peaks in one of the oldest and most biologically diverse mountain ranges on Earth. For today's Secondary Action, ask your representative to protect Appalachia from being blown to bits for coal. . . .
Please read and sign petition--Thank You 4 your time and consideration.
Critics contend that mountaintop removal is a disastrous practice that benefits a small number of corporations at the expense of local communities and the environment. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental impact statement finds that streams near valley fills sometimes may contain higher levels of minerals in the water and decreased aquatic biodiversity. The statement also estimates that 724 miles (1,165 km) of Appalachian streams were buried by valley fills from 1985 to 2001.
Blasting at a mountaintop removal mine expels dust and fly-rock into the air, which can then disturb or settle onto private property nearby. This dust may contain sulfur compounds, which some claim corrode structures and tombstones and is a health hazard.
Although MTR sites are required to be reclaimed after mining is complete, reclamation has traditionally focused on stabilizing rock and controlling erosion, but not always on reforesting the area. Quick-growing, non-native grasses, planted to quickly provide vegetation on a site, compete with tree seedlings, and trees have difficulty establishing root systems in compacted backfill. Consequently, biodiversity suffers in a region of the United States with numerous endemic species. Erosion also increases, which can intensify flooding. In the Eastern United States, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative works to promote the use of trees in mining reclamation.
This is indeed yet another reason why we Humans, especially here in Ohio, need and must get off our fossil fuel addiction and do far more with re-usable energy. After all, YES--WE DO NEED JOBS, BUT NOT AT THAT HIGH OF A COST--NOT AT THE COST OF SACRIFICING THE FUTURE.
Most especially, because the few jobs that this brings will not last long enough to be worth all the sacrifices.
But First, please remember to take Good Care of Yourself and each other--that is if you can? After all, as a Mother of two 20 something sons, when I try to talk to them about eating healthier--I get told to butt out.
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I belong to a nearby Gym, but I don't always make it there. This is a good reminder for me, to work harder at making it there more than I have been lately. My biggest problem with making it to the Gym is that it always feels like I should be doing other things-(after all, if I am doing one thing then there are other things that I am not doing)-like keeping up with the library's computer courses and there is my Spanish book and there is the American History book--'A People's History of the United States' which I am so close to finally finishing and I am so close to learning a short song on my clarinet-which means I am so close to finally making a You Tube video and there are still bills to pay and an excellent indie movie--'Peace, Love and Misunderstanding' and (today, on way to movie drop off the laptop for my younger son to barrow) and still work my part-time job while looking for a job which will not conflict--since I like working at Wendy's, even though from what I hear-only the managers work full-time.