Are you connected to mountaintop coal?
Web gadget lets you see if your utility purchases illegal coal from Appalachian mountaintop removal.
Wed, May 27 2009 at 6:14 PM
A full 1/3 of all coal in the U.S. comes from Appalachia, much of it from mountain top mining practices that are illegal under the U.S. Clean Water Act
. But until now it has been difficult to know whether or not your local utility purchases this dirty coal.
Appalachian Voices, a nonprofit conservation group, has put together an amazing website called I LOVE MOUNTAINS
that lets you trace exactly where the coal that powers your home via a Google Earth mashup. Here is the cool gadget. Type in your ZIP code and see what happens:
I was pretty shocked to see that mountaintop coal has found its way even as far as Los Angeles!
What to do?
- Get informed by reading my story (recap) on Mountaintop coal mining as it stands today or check I Love Mountains for latest news.
- Check to see if your grid buys illegal mountaintop coal. And if so write them and tell them how bad this is for their reputation.
- Sign the nationwide petition to pass the Appalachian Restoration Act, which will be voted on this summer!
- Spread the word - post this to Facebook and your Twitter!
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