The earth is actually a living thing … There is a real price to pay for the kind of abuse and exploitation that we’ve been subjecting the earth to for so long now.
My family lives in a valley in eastern Kentucky. Particulate matter from mountaintop removal mining became a personal breathing issue six years ago when they started blowing up the mountain at the head of our valley. The explosives are putting an overburden of particulate matter into the air. Today, these companies are operating within a ten minute walk of our back door.
My wife has asthma. I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Our 23-year-old son has undiagnosed breathing problems because he can't afford health insurance.
They use two-and-a-half million pounds of explosives every day in Kentucky for mountaintop removal mining. We need to stop this. Preventing the cause is much cheaper than treatment. Coal is not cheap energy when you consider the impact to human lives.