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  •  Appalachia is being beheaded (1+ / 0-)
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    Abra Crabcakeya

    Mountaintop Removal has not come up as an issue. Why?

    I'm mad as Gravel, and I'm not going to take it anymore!

    by ceti on Fri May 23, 2008 at 07:56:05 AM PDT

    •  I have wondered about this. Are the locals (0+ / 0-)

      for or against it?  Personally I thought maybe one reason that Obama didn't campaign too much in the area is that he didn't want to pander to them about the coal industry.  Coal mining is important to the economy there and although mountaintop removal has its obvious problems, are the locals willing to live with it for the jobs?  What did Clinton have to say about it when she was there?

      If Barack Obama was a sexist, Michelle would kick his ass.

      by choochmac on Fri May 23, 2008 at 08:10:55 AM PDT

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    •  Environmental issues in general... (1+ / 0-)
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      have not been talked about much, with the occasional brief mention of climate change.  It's one of those complex topics in which almost anything a candidate says can get him/her in trouble with some key constituency.  Almost any environmental challenge can be simplistically (and incorrectly) framed as "jobs vs. pretty scenery."  Going after the coal industry is particularly dicey while petroleum prices are climbing higher and higher.

      I looked into mountain top mining about a month ago while preparing lectures for my "Current Issues in Natural Resource Management" class and was surprised to learn that the local people in the affected areas have mixed feelings about the practice.  Some are as upset and against the practice as I had expected, but economic conditions are so bad that many are glad for any sort of jobs in the short term.  Also, I got the sense that a sense of fatalism is playing a role - the locals have never before been able to stop the coal companies from doing anything they wanted, and so people don't believe that anything will stop Big Coal now.  In that case, it makes sense to them to get what they can while they can.

      Mountain-top mining is an absolutely devastating and unconscionable practice that needs to be stopped immediately.  Unfortunately, it's not a topic that will get a candidate elected.

      •  kkbDIA , best concise explanation of why (0+ / 0-)

        poor people submit to the bad treatment they get in a while. Do it , or starve is often the only option people have , or believe they have. Same results, either way.

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