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Old 12-06-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Default A Plea to President Obama: End Mountaintop Coal Mining

A Plea to President Obama: End Mountaintop Coal Mining
by james hansen
22 Jun 2009
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The Obama administration is being forced into a political compromise. It has sacrificed a strong position on mountaintop removal in order to ensure the support of coal-state legislators for a climate bill. The political pressures are very real. But this is an approach to coal that defeats the purpose of the administrationís larger efforts to fight climate change, a sad political bargain that will never get us the change we need on mountaintop removal, coal or the climate. Coal is the linchpin in mitigating global warming, and itís senseless to allow cheap mountaintop-removal coal while the administration is simultaneously seeking policies to boost renewable energy.
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