imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

BTL:Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Opponents Work to Generate Clean Energy

by Distributed by Squeaky Wheel Productions http Monday, Oct. 04, 2010 at 10:47 AM
mail(AT)btlonline.org Between the Lines c/o Squeaky Wheel Productions P.O. Box 110176 Trumbull, CT 06611

BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Opponents Work to Generate Clean Energy

Interview with Lorelei Scarbro, Coal River Valley, W.V. anti-mountaintop removal coal mining activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Over a thousand activists from the Appalachian coal fields and their supporters met in Washington, D.C., the last weekend of September for a two-day conference on how to stop mountaintop removal mining. The conference, titled, Appalachia Rising: Voices from the Mountains, was followed by a march, rally and acts of civil disobedience outside the White House, where more than 100 protesters were arrested.

One of the conference speakers was Lorelei Scarbro, a resident of the Coal River Valley, W. Va., whose coal miner-husband died of black lung disease and whose home was threatened by a nearby mountaintop removal operation. Mountaintop removal is a method of coal extraction where explosives are used to blast the tops off mountains in order to get at the thin seams of coal underneath. The process has literally destroyed the landscape of the region and buried 2,000 miles of streams, creating air and water pollution that is making local residents sick.

For the past five years, Scarbro has been working to a build a wind farm to generate electricity atop Coal River Mountain. She spoke with Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus, who attended the Appalachia Rising conference, about the destruction wrought by mountain top removal coal mining, progress being made to build her wind farm, and the urgent need for a diversity of jobs in the impoverished region.

In early 2007 there was a wind feasibility study for Coal River Mountain and it showed that (the mountain) had amazing wind potential. It has between four and seven wind feasibility, with four being the minimum you have to have in order to erect an industrial-scale wind farm. By early 2008, we came together with Coal River Mountain Watch and the Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition -- a lot of groups partnered together in order to begin the Coal River Wind Campaign. And the primary purpose of the campaign was first and foremost to save that mountain, to keep that mountain intact, and to create renewable energy and green jobs and to actually start rebuilding the area, since we're ground zero for mountaintop removal and Coal River Mountain is probably the last fully intact mountain range within a 50-mile radius -- or was until Massey Energy started mining activity in late 2009.

And so we mounted a campaign that showed we could generate enough power on Coal River Mountain to power 70,000 to 80,000 homes; we could generate revenue for the county that would be above .7 million annually; we could create 200 locally trained green jobs during the two-year construction phase, and forever, we could create 40 to 50 jobs on that mountain maintaining that wind farm. Every 20 to 25 years the wind turbines would have to be replaced, which is another spike of employment. We had an economic feasibility study done for the area, which also advocated for a wind turbine factory on Coal River Mountain, as opposed to the expansion of coal mining.

Now, while the Coal River wind project would erect an industrial scale windmill farm on Coal River Mountain, we also advocated and believed that when we stop mountaintop removal, there will be an increase in underground, traditional, responsible room-and-pillar coal mining jobs. At one time in West Virginia, we had 125,000 coal mining jobs and now we're down to about 17,000. So mountaintop removal is not a job creator, it's a job killer. What we want, and what we desperately need in the Coal River Valley and throughout Appalachia and the coal towns -- we need job diversity. One of the biggest obstacles in Appalachia is the fact that we have no choices; we live in a mono-economy and we have no choices. The only good paying jobs are in the industry; that's the way the industry likes it and that's the way the majority of our politicians like it. And for 120 years, we've been fighting to change things. And one of the things I do on a regular basis -- whether it's in my neighborhood, at the state capitol, or on Capitol Hill -- I advocate for job diversity in the coal fields.

There are some of us who've made the decision that we've lived our whole lives in these little coal towns and we plan to spend the rest of our lives there; they're not driving us out. And that is people in the environmental community and people in the coal industry; on both sides we've made the decision that we will live and die there. And a small handful of us have made the decision that if we're going to stay there, we need to try to figure out what we can do to make that place a better place. So we believe that job diversity is a major contributing factor to be able to continue to exist and live on the land we love and be with the people we love. There's a song, "Which Side are You On?" And it's to the point now that it doesn't matter which side you're on; we all love the same people. And the problem is we're all being used and none of us have any choices. When the fourth largest coal producer in the country decided to come in and blow the top off the mountain behind my house where my property borders Coal River Mountain, I no longer had a choice to stand by any more and pretend that bad things weren't happening. The guys who work for the coal industry, and a lot of the guys on the mountain top removal sites don't feel as if they have any choices. There's a limited number of jobs underground, and that's the way the industry likes it; and it is a greater profit margin for the coal industry if they can access the coal by blowing the tops off the mountains and that's why mountaintop removal exists -- it's simply a greater profit margin for the coal industry.

It makes me very, very angry for people who rape and pillage Appalachia to call themselves coal miners. It's an enormous insult to my husband, who spent 35 years as an underground union coal miner and he died of black lung -- he gave his life to the industry. And for someone who is pushing a button and destroying everything around us and destroying the water source and destroying more than 2,000 miles of headwater streams, decapitating 500 mountains -- to call themselves a coal miner.

One of the things I fight very, very hard for, whether it be the wind farm, whether it be standing in front of the governor pleading for job diversity, is, we need job diversity in the coal fields. We live in a mono economy; the coal industry has a death grip on the state of West Virginia. And it's time that changed. And no matter what you believe about coal, how long you think it's going to be around, the fact of the matter is, coal is a finite resource and someday it's going to run out. So no matter how long you think it's going to be there, we have to start preparing for the post-coal future, and we have to start creating jobs. We can't wait until we end mountaintop removal to start rebuilding Appalachia.

Visit Coal River Wind's website at www.coalriverwind.org and the conference website at appalachiarising.org.

LISTEN to the interview by clicking on one of the links below:

RealAudio:

http://btlonline.org/2010/ram/101008b-btl-scarbro.ram

MP3:

http://btlonline.org/download/101008b-btl-scarbro.mp3

LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below:

RealAudio:

http://btlonline.org/2010/ram/101008-btl.ram

MP3

http://btlonline.org/download/

SEE the Between the Lines website by clicking on the link below:

http://www.btlonline.org

***********************************

For more information please write to: mail(AT)btlonline.org

"Between The Lines" is a half-hour syndicated radio news magazine that each week features a summary of under-reported news stories and interviews with activists and journalists who offer progressive perspectives on international, national and regional political, economic and social issues. Because "Between The Lines" is independent of all publications, media networks or political parties, we are able to bring a diversity of voices to the airwaves generally ignored or marginalized by the major media. For more information on this week's topics and to check out our text archive listing topics and guests presented in previous programs visit: http://www.btlonline.org

*

"Between the Lines," WPKN 89.5 FM's weekly radio news magazine can be heard Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. ET; Wednesdays at 8 a.m. ET and Saturdays at 2 p.m. ET (Wednesday's show airs at 7:30 a.m. ET during fundraising months of April and October).

*

For an email subscription of "Between The Lines Weekly Summary" which features a RealAudio link to the week's program for Between The Lines, send an email to btlsummary-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

*

For an email subscription of "Between The Lines Q&A" which features a RealAudio link and weekly transcript to one of the interviews featured on Between The Lines, send an email to btlqa-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

*

Between the Lines

c/o Squeaky Wheel Productions

P.O. Box 110176

Trumbull, CT 06611

*

http://www.squeakywheel.net/

Report this post as:

Local News

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

USDA Withholds Names Of Turkey Companies Spreading Salmonella N17 7:51PM

Hebron, Ben-Gurion, and UNESCO N17 6:00PM

What Can Destroy Enclosure? N17 1:47PM

Please Help Mississippians Vote For Mike Espy On Nov 27th N17 7:42AM

The Incredible & Brilliant Work of Dr TOMO SHIBATA N17 5:19AM

October 2018 Honduras Coup update N16 9:22PM

Profit de guerre, guerre de profit N16 11:58AM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen Heads to Seattle N15 7:22PM

Paraphysique du prodrome oukase N15 12:39PM

President Trump: Hurricane Relief Should not Pay Puerto Rico Debt N14 8:54PM

94 Of Rick Scott's, Brian Kemp's, the Mississippi GOP's & Other Republican Campaign Crime N13 9:42PM

30 Of Brian Kemp's Felonious Racist Vote Suppression Crimes N13 8:42PM

Help translation of From Islam To Womanism book on IndieGoGo N13 12:04PM

COP 21, 25, 32, de l'écocide organisé N11 11:45PM

fbi & fmj are ' Lord of the Flies ' N11 8:26PM

Parangon d'une grande infestation N11 12:03AM

Video: Beautiful Country Burn Again, 39 min N10 10:19PM

OBAMA WERE POW'S LEFTBEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 7:57PM

OBAMA WERE POWS LEFT BEHIND IN AFGAHNISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 7:29PM

DID BARACK OBAMA LEAVE POWS BEHIND IN AFGAHNISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 6:43PM

DID BARACK OBAMA LEAVE POWS BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 5:50PM

Paraphysique de l'Etat d'urgence N08 4:24AM

Republican Vote Fraud Reached A New Level In Midterms N07 7:50PM

Lobotomisation populationnelle N07 7:28AM

Texas Finally Ousts Culberson! N07 4:43AM

Israel Quit UNESCO, Um-Shmum, Make Ben-Gurion Proud! N06 7:37PM

Mafia City Hack Mod Generator - Generate 15.000 Gold N06 2:04AM

Ronald L. Havner & The Sleazy Corporate Whores @PublicStorage RAPED ME! N05 10:25PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy