Coal mining is environmental terrorism

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What if terrorists blew the tops off hundreds of our beautiful Appalachian Mountains? They then allowed the resulting sludge to permanently bury miles of trout-filled streams, and the poison from the terrorist attacks contaminated the water and air, killing and sickening thousands of people, and forcing many others out of their homes. Most Americans would support killing and imprisoning the terrorists in justified retribution.

These terrorist attacks are not fictional, but have occurred for decades and are known as mountain top removal mining, an industrial shortcut that actually reduces the number of available coal mining jobs. The terrorists in charge, the coal company executives, make a profit terrorizing the little people and destroying the environment. They bribe their way into the government bureaucracy so they can find ways to disregard any environmental laws that might protect the safety of their victims.

Even the election of President Obama, a supposedly progressive candidate, has failed to stop these terrorists. In a predictable act of political cowardice, the Obama administration, instead of stopping the terrorism completely, has decided to issue permits for 42 out of 49 planned terrorist attacks.

It would be unconstitutional to arrest and send coal company executives and employees to Guantanomo Bay. Fortunately, a more practical solution exists: Senate Bill 696 and House Resolution 1310, which would outlaw the terroristic practice known as mountain top removal mining. Contact your senator and representative and urge them to save us from terrorism by voting for these bills.

Mark Gelbart, Augusta

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Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/20/09 - 03:53 am
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How about a headline that

How about a headline that says...............Environmentalism is Economic Terrorism.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/20/09 - 04:19 am
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Supposed you owned a business

Supposed you owned a business and sombody damaged the product you sold, or burned the houses you built, or would not let you produce the product you were in business to provide, or banned safe substances that resulted in the deaths of millions of people? What is tha Mr Belbart, it is eco terrorism...

concernednative
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concernednative 07/20/09 - 06:25 am
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Carcraft ????

Carcraft ????

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/20/09 - 06:29 am
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Mark, one day, you're
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Mark, one day, you're actually going to write a letter that doesn't make you look like an idiot...one day. I guess since Bush and the Republicans aren't in charge anymore, and everything is so wonderful, you have to find something else to complain about.

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Jane18 07/20/09 - 07:59 am
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Are you crazy Mark? I

Are you crazy Mark? I actually believe YOU believe what you are saying. That coal, all coal, was put here for us to use. Like I asked before, are you crazy-or just plain ignorant?

mad_max
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mad_max 07/20/09 - 08:54 am
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Mr. Gelbart. Coal provides

Mr. Gelbart. Coal provides half of the electicity in this country. There is no viable replacement for coal at this time since the greeno whackos refuse to allow more nuclear power. When you have a real, workable, economically feasable replacement for coal then we will possibly support the limiting of coal mining. You cannot replace coal with solar panels or windmills. Not now, not ever. When you can replace the electrical generation capability of coal without raising the price of electricity and bringing the economy to a screeching halt, then we can discuss limiting coal mining. Until then, dig baby dig and drill baby drill. Coal, today, is an absolutly essential energy source and I would rather take the tops off of a few hills than kill more miners with black lung and cave-ins working underground. We will however consider trading some mountain tops for some new nuclear power plants as direct replacement for power generation capability.

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jack 07/20/09 - 09:00 am
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Another LTE by the village

Another LTE by the village idiot. In this instance, the village that raised Gelbart as Hitlery wrote, failed miserably.

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sunnyday 07/20/09 - 10:46 am
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To quote Tim Wilson, "it

To quote Tim Wilson, "it takes a village to raise a nut".

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/20/09 - 10:54 am
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How come so many of you

How come so many of you professed Christians (and some of you are tireless in bringing up your religion) don't believe in taking care of what you believe to be God's creation? Where is your stewardship? Where is your reverence? Nope....just filthy lucre for you folks (and in this case, it's really filthy).

KSL
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KSL 07/20/09 - 11:15 am
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What is the current

What is the current alternative, HotFoot?

KSL
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KSL 07/20/09 - 11:18 am
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I don't see any reference to

I don't see any reference to religion except yours.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/20/09 - 01:01 pm
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Hey HOTFOOT, where do you
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Hey HOTFOOT, where do you live...in a hole? We all use the resorces of the Earth for our needs, including our energy needs. How do you heat yourself in the winter? Cool yourself in the summer? Get to work, school, home? Walking? Come on down off your moral high horse. Mark Gelbart stepped into the horseapples knee deep. Your selective indignation won't save him from looking like an idiot.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/20/09 - 01:19 pm
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KSL, I'm just noting that

KSL, I'm just noting that many of the same posters who scoff here at Mr. Gelbart are the same ones who trot out their Christianity when it pleases them. To me, it is hypocritical to claim to be a Christian and yet be indifferent to Nature. I am not saying that meeting our energy needs in an environmentally sound way is easy, but I'm astonished how every effort to preserve our environment is shot down by conservative Christians. So, yes, I introduced religion, but it's just my observation.

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lord griggs1947 07/20/09 - 01:51 pm
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Hot Foot, amen and indeed.

Hot Foot, amen and indeed.
Mark ,colorful and hyperbolic.
I endorse on-line petitions in favor of the environment, for green projects and other worthy causes.
Nuclear energy has the twin costs of costly construction and environmental costs of the spent energy My France knows how to do nuclear!. Is there really such as clean coal? I hope so.
Again, people like the estimable Boone Pickens can fund new energy sources, to overcome our energy and climate change problems and create new and better jobs.
Let's have recommendations rather than recriminations, folks!

KSL
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KSL 07/20/09 - 02:43 pm
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Boone is giving up on his

Boone is giving up on his windmills.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/20/09 - 03:51 pm
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Hey, LORD GRIGGS, you're
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Hey, LORD GRIGGS, you're throwing France in our faces? This is the same spineless country that couldn't even defend itself in 2 wars! You know why you can buy a French army rifle on Ebay so cheap? Simple...it's never been fired and only been dropped once! Here is a recommendation. Let private enterprise come up with the alternatives. Hydrogen or fuel cell cars will make their way into the market, freeing up a lot of oil. The oil producers have sealed their fate with their "arrogance." Then, they can eat their oil.

KSL
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KSL 07/20/09 - 04:38 pm
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Your France knows how to do

Your France knows how to do nuclear. I think my America does too. Are you for it or in the way of it?

KSL
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KSL 07/20/09 - 05:03 pm
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I'm not going to come down

I'm not going to come down that hard on France, southern. Yep, they elected some spineless leaders, but they did have some people with guts: The French Resistance, who risked all. And my family has been personally thanked by a young French woman, while we were in France, for what the Americans did for their country (1993). And they did recently elect someone on the conservative side. They have a ways to go, but who knows?

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 07/20/09 - 05:04 pm
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At least Mr. Gelbart is not a

At least Mr. Gelbart is not a hypocrite. He typed his letter to the editor on his pedal-powered computer, in his hot and sweaty room because he refuses to use electricity from the coal-powered electric conglomerates to power his AC, barely able to see the screen in the candle light, he ate his sandwich made from room-temperature meat and mayonnaise, and vowed not to seek medical attention unless his doctors vowed to ride their bikes to his home to treat him for ptomaine poisoning. What a guy!

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jakethompson 07/20/09 - 05:36 pm
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For a minute, I thought

For a minute, I thought lowellfart wrote this letter!

jakethompson
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jakethompson 07/20/09 - 05:45 pm
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Mark, post another letter

Mark, post another letter when you are paying 5 times in energy costs than you are paying now and also have to pay a surcharge for all the greenhouse gas you pass everytime you write a letter.

lord griggs1947
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lord griggs1947 07/20/09 - 07:15 pm
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Ah, poor us then that Pickens

Ah, poor us then that Pickens has to give up. For safe nuclear. Ah, the resistence when Prince Ranier did his duty. KSL, southern guy, may our southern entrepreneurs lead the way!

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 07/20/09 - 08:25 pm
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I love reading the comments

I love reading the comments because it reminds me of how much smarter I am than the idiots that populate these threads. No wonder this country is going down the toilet, with the collective brainpower in the CSRA you might be able to change a light bulb.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/21/09 - 03:44 am
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So,

So, NotyourDadsBuick..........what's YOUR alternative to coal? Show us all how smart you are.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 07/21/09 - 04:36 am
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It's funny, I read letters

It's funny, I read letters all the time and not once do I think about how smart I am.

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