Target: United States President Barack Obama
Goal: End mountaintop removal coal mining
Mountaintop removal is a coal mining practice that, in addition to destroying the environment, has had negative health effects in adjacent communities in Appalachia. Dozens of permits to remove mountaintops in search of coal await approval by the Obama administration. Urge the president to take action to end the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining completely, and protect the health of residents of Appalachia.
According to the Sierra Club, 500 mountains and 2,000 miles of streams have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. The process involves blowing the top off mountains to access thin seams of coal within, dumping tons of rock and toxic waste into streams below the mountain in the process. The rubble and waste from mountaintop removal makes its way into local communities, where it sickens local communities, including increasing the instances of birth defects. Pollution from the mining itself can lower air and water quality.
Coal fuels the nation’s power plants cheaply, but has a higher cost in terms of environmental and health effects of the nation’s residents. Mountaintop removal coal mining has been scientifically proven to destroy the environment and sicken communities, but big coal has too much invested in the practice to stop now. It is up to the nation’s residents to stand up and demand that the government take action to end it, for the sake of Appalachian communities and the nation’s mountain ecosystems.
Sign the petition below to tell the Obama administration that mountaintop removal coal mining must end, and investment in clean energy must take its place, for the sake of local communities and for the future of the nation’s environment.
Dear President Obama,
Currently, dozens of permits for mountaintop removal coal mining are awaiting approval from the Obama administration. I urge you to deny these permits, and end this disastrous mining practice.
According to the Sierra Club, mountaintop removal coal mining is responsible for the destruction of 500 mountain ecosystems, burying 2,000 miles of streams and polluting the environment in many communities that have the misfortune of being nearby. Scientific studies have shown that this type of mining is linked to birth defects.
In order to invest in a better future, the administration must focus on investing in clean energy. Mountaintop removal coal mining fuels dirty energy, sickens communities, and destroys the environment. I urge you to deny further mountaintop removal permits, and move this nation forward in going beyond big coal.
[Your Name Here]
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