Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Obama Goes All Bush on the Environment

Bad news:

Controversial Coal Mining Method Gets Obama's OK
by Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten

WASHINGTON - With the election of Barack Obama, environmentalists expected to see the end of the "Appalachian apocalypse" -- their name for exposing coal deposits by blowing the tops off of whole mountains.

Singer-Actress Ashley Judd speaks during a rally in Frankfort, Ky. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 calling for an end to mountaintop coal mining. (AP Photo/Roger Alford)But in recent weeks, the Obama administration has quietly decided to open the way for at least two dozen more "mountaintop removal" projects.

The decision to clear a path for the controversial projects was never officially announced, but instead conveyed in a letter this month to a West Virginia congressman and coal ally, Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall. The letter said that the Environmental Protection Agency would not block 42 of 48 mine projects that it had reviewed so far, including some of the most controversial mountaintop mines.

I guess its' time for the kids to get out and starting to block those bulldozers. Wait, don't they use explosives to do this stuff?

Oh dear.