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  •  Byrd is not a big environmentalist.... (2+ / 0-)
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    he was strongly against Kyoto protocols.  

    He is bigger on Abandoned Mines.  This links to an excellent series from 2004 on the topic showing how money is collected for clean-up and is used for other purposes.  Byrd strongly advocates sending this money to WV and other affected states.  Pennsylvania would benefit and Kentucky.

    Since 1978, U.S. coal operators have paid more than $7 billion in production taxes meant to fund the cleanup of mine sites that were abandoned before the nation implemented strict reclamation rules. But today, more than $3 billion of mine sites that threaten public safety remain unreclaimed. The federal Abandoned Mine Land program has not met its goals in large part because regulators diverted more than $1.3 billion in AML money to other projects.

    Problem is, mountaintop removal has "watered down" land reclamation rules under Bush.  Now they level things off, throw some grass seed on the mess and say it is reclaimed.  Curiously, Byrd had allies in Wyoming on this, as they are pretty much letting miners wreck that state.

    Tourism is becoming an increasingly important job.  I have heard that tourism brings in more $ than coal to the state, but I don't have a good source for that definitively.  Tourism brings its own costs- since the jobs don't pay very well, tourists want to buy up the land and live in developments, and some areas tourists just don't go are the areas being destroyed.  

    Some of Mollohan's current problems come from foundations like Mountain Madeand Vandalia Heritage Foundationthat he established (using ear-marks) to promote tourism and fine arts crafts.  Really frustrates many here since these are good ideas and we respect his efforts to bring high technology to the state.  But he managed to make a lot of money from investments using money he borrowed from friends.  Hillary had the same problem as well.  But rich people do this all the time.  

    The whole New River Gorge was mined.  You don't see the mines now, because the coal companies picked up everything they owned and moved it when they left..  Thurmond has some buildings left.  And the water is very acidic- not harmful to people but fish need pretty neutral pH water to live in.  There is a reason all that water is nice and clear- and it isn't a good one.  They dump in tons of limestone to remediate the acid, but more acid comes from the mines, many now mined out and abandoned.  

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Mon Jul 03, 2006 at 05:37:47 AM PDT

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    •  I always (2+ / 0-)
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      thought Byrd, whatever his other flaws, loved WV and wore it on his sleeve more than a lot of these other guys.And I will cheer for Marshall in your honor.

      "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." Einstein

      by jawjaboy on Mon Jul 03, 2006 at 06:08:49 AM PDT

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      •  He does love WV... (0+ / 0-)

        it is real and sincere.  But mining is what we do- and no one really wants to end the mining.  Just harness and control it.  We are being stampeded on this- and it is happening fast.  

        You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

        by murrayewv on Mon Jul 03, 2006 at 06:24:01 AM PDT

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