Supporting Appalachian Communities
by Robert Gardner
March 5, 2013
© Wade Payne / Greenpeace
Today would have been Larry Gibsons 67th birthday. I only met him a few times, but he was the kind of person that met just about everyone — and stamped a deep impression on you. So, we wanted to take today to do something that would have been the right thing to do by Larry.
Thats why Greenpeace fully supports the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (A.C.H.E.) Act.
We support the act because it would stop MTR mining. Period.
Because of mountaintop removal mining, over four thousand people die yearly because of MTR. 4,000 people.
Those are people just like you and me. They are somebody.
Theyre getting bombed out so that people in other places can have clean, reliable electricity.
Because of Mountaintop Removal mining, millions of acres of forests, thousands of miles of streams, over five hundred mountains gone and hundreds of communities impacted.
Coal companies are destroying one of the most biodiverse regions in the world so that people thousands of miles away can flip their light switch and not worry about where the power comes from.