Windmills; NOT Toxic Spills
Posted by terres on February 6, 2009
Submitted by: [MJ info] Power Past Coal Weekly Update! Save Coal River Mountain:
There were 26 actions on coal issues during the first 14 days of Power Past Coal! We are well on track to having one or more actions in all 50 states! As the New York Times said, it was A Tough Week for Coal.
Please get involved and register your events working for clean energy and against the injustices of the coal industry on www.powerpastcoal.org.
Protesters chained themselves to an excavator at a coal operation in West Virginia on Tuesday. (Photo: West Virginia Blue/Flickr). Image may be subject to copyright.
Yesterday, fourteen Appalachian citizens were arrested on CoalRiverMountain in Whitesville, West Virginia while defending their community from a blast that would destroy the area’s wind potential and risk another sludge spill. For two years, residents of CoalRiverValley have advocated a clean alternative to mountaintop removal: a wind farm that would provide nearly two-thousand new jobs and keep energy tax dollars invested in the local community.
But West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin has ignored these pleas, and Massey Energy Company is prepared to blast CoalRiverMountain any day.
You can help CoalRiver citizens take their fight to Washington. Emails are helpful, but calls are even better. Think of CoalRiverMountain as a symbol of our nation’s challenge – in the heart of coal country, this mountain is where a true transition from old, dirty coal to clean, just energy begins.
But stories like this one are surfacing in all corners of the country. In the first fourteen days of Power Past Coal, we’ve seen twenty-six actions in fifteen different states. In Odem, Texas, Fernando Rocha has taken up the fight for a cleaner alternative to a power plant planned thirty miles south of his neighborhood. In Great Falls, Montana, regulatory concerns and lawsuits have convinced energy developers to scrap plans for a coal plant – they’ll build a wind farm and natural gas facility instead. And in a flurry of activity across Appalachia, communities have gathered to lobby their local leaders on issues from sludge safety to energy efficiency.
There are countless ways you can be part of the Power Past Coal movement. Start or join an action as part of these first 100 Days. Come to Powershift. Tell your friends and neighbors about Power Past Coal. Write a letter to the editor. Spread this letter far and wide.
This project works when it’s powered by people like you.
Sierra, and the Power Past Coal team