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OVEC, Others Challenge Blair Mountain Mining Permit
Dont Let Area Power Plants Make Our Air Even Worse
Renewable Energy and a Renewed E-Council
Coal Expo Exposed:
Sludge is Not Safe
Coal Expo Exposed: Protesters Rally at Candlelight Vigil
Are Your US Senators and Reps Climate Champions?
Oberlin College Doing the Right Thing With Education
Bush Admin. Finalizes Mountain Massacre Study
Christians for the Mountains: Statement by Denise Giardina
Christians for the Mountains Spread Word of Responsible Earthkeeping And That Means an End to Mountaintop Removal
Massey Launches Total Environment Web Assault
Reckless Disregard: Settlement doesnt clear Massey, MSHA
Legal Victory! Judge Tosses OSM's Water Rule Approval
WV Passes Landmark Law Curbing 527 Groups
Capito Got Most
DeLay Money
Texas Congressman Kills National Renewable Energy Standard
Coal Industry Money Fuels Public Policy in West Virginia
Reports Detail
Senate Race Donors
Foxes Guarding Henhouse - Why We Need Real Campaign Finance Reform
Unclean Coal: Myth Perpetrators Get an Earful
Coal Very Costly, Not Cheap, If ALL Impacts Are Factored In
T H A N K S !
Update on Blair Mountain - Feds Want Still More Information
SouthWings Needs YOU!
WV Ranked 7th in Mercury Emissions
From Ireland to
Blair Mountain,
with Love and Lyrics
WV Singers and Songwriters Wanted for Blair Mountain Project
Rosa Parks Lights the Way
Holiday Shopping with OVEC
Students Pray for Kayford
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Articles not in the printed newsletter
Change or Die
Courage to Move Beyond Coal
Climate of Change: It's Easy to Save Money Being Green
Sequestration Smokescreen?
Massey settlement agreement scuttles insider trading allegations
Mining 'is turning Eastern Kentucky into a despicable latrine'
Ecoterrorism Tops the Charts
Human Activities Cause of Current Extinction Crisis
Kentucky needs study on truck weight limits
Meanwhile, elsewhere (jobs, money, renewable energy)
Mining pollution in Coal River needs drastic cut, state says
Not Nice to Wonder?
Things you can do for a better planet (while saving money!)
Where's the money for the Island Creek flood project?
Visiting Van, WV

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Winds of Change Newsletter, December 2005     See sidebar for table of contents

Just one of the impacts of clean coal in WV the looming destruction of entire communities by mountaintop removal/ valley fill mining.

Unclean Coal: Myth Perpetrators Get an Earful

Many people are dismayed by news articles promoting the myth of clean coal power plants. Its not that we dont want power plants to be far-less polluting.

The problem is having the words clean and coal used together. The problem is the lack of consideration of the full cycle of coal.

Coals dirty when you dig it, dirty when you haul it, dirty when you burn it, dirty when you dispose of the ash left over from burning, and it sure dirties up politics.

Mary Wildfire sent this e-mail to someone promoting clean coal gasification plants:

You need to turn off the sound on your computers before sending this message to West Virginia and other coal statesto protect your ears from the screaming when we see that even outfits like yours are taking the no denying were going to burn coal tack.

Sure, (gasification) plants are a good deal cleaner, but we already have the highest rate of premature death from power plant pollution in the country and nobodys talking about shutting down or cleaning up old plants, just adding new ones. They want to add them here, because the coal is here and the coal apologists are waving green ribbons around and singing gaily about how wonderful they are.

Sure, they should research the idea of carbon sequestration but youre talking like its a mature and reliable technology, when in fact no one knows if it will work. How do we know it wont all come blasting back out perhaps decades later? How do we know it wont increase seismic activity?

Then theres the mining. Here, they do what they call mountaintop removal mining, which means destruction on an appalling scale, using machinery sitting on wheels clad in tires twice the height of a man, after clearcutting some of the most diverse hardwood forest in the temperate worldand burning or burying it, because the profits from timber are too trivial to be worth their time. Please investigate the website of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, www.ohvec.org, for more information including checking out some of the high-resolution pictures.

Its time the country understood the full cycle, the full toll of our continued reliance on fossil fuels. If enough of us speak up, those clean coal research dollars can go into truly clean energy research!

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