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Published on February 18th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan

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End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Today!

February 18th, 2010 by  


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As a follow up to the post from Sunday (Social Media Day of Action on Mountaintop Removal), this is a reminder that today is a big day of social media activism to stop mountaintop removal coal mining!

Visit Rainforest Action Network’s website to join thousands of others in taking action to encourage Chase bank to stop supporting mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains.

Why?


Mountaintop removal (MTR) is a highly destructive mining practice that blows off the tops of mountains in order to access coal in the cheapest way possible. The result of it is that over 2000 miles of rivers and streams have been buried and nearly 1.2 million acres of the Appalachian range have been destroyed . In the end, MTR has severely contaminated the air and drinking water, causing increased rates of mortality and disease for local people in the mountains of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

For more on the horrible process and effects of mountaintop removal, read Becky Striepe’s “Mountaintop Removal Mining: Why There’s No Such Thing as ‘Clean Coal’” on ecopolitology (video by the Sierra Club included) or watch the video below, “Topless America”.

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Team up with dozens of organizations and thousands of online activists in a simple way (through social media) to convince Chase to stop destroying American mountains. You can take action on your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, blog or via email to end mountaintop removal in 2010. Go to www.DirtyMoney.org for instructions and Get Chase Moving!

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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