It’s time to go to the source. Who are the chief offenders in Mountaintop Removal pollution and violations, and where does their money come from? Washington, DC — The Sierra Club is seeking to join federal prosecutors and other environmental groups in a lawsuit to hold Massey Energy Company accountable for thousands of Clean Water Act violations associated with their mining operations. Massey has been charged by the government with illegal dumping of coal slurry waste, rubble, wastewater and other pollutants into Appalachian waterways. …

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I ain’t saying…just listen carefully in the weeks ahead. You might hear the neocons rumbling to “bring it on”. Again. From George Packer at The New Yorker If there were a threat level on the possibility of war with Iran, it might have just gone up to orange. Barnett Rubin, the highly respected Afghanistan expert at New York University, has written an account of a conversation with a friend who has connections to someone at a neoconservative institution in Washington. Rubin can’t confirm his …

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ECONOMY: Middle English yconomye, management of a household, from Latin oeconomia, from Greek oikonomia-, from oikonomos, manager of a household : oikos, house + nemein, to allot, manage. ECOLOGY: German Ökologie : Greek oikos, house + German -logie, study (from Greek -logia-, -logy). Both words much in the news these days come from the Greek root OIKOS for house. Ecology: to study the house. Economy: to manage the house. We’ve so far mis-managed and mis-understood the workings of our one and only house, the …

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Here’s a page I’ve put up that has the information you need (as hard as it has been made to access) to speak out against the weakened protections of watersheds in the process of mountain top coal extraction. Below, the letter I’ve sent via the comments page (see link above) as well as to my congressman. Please feel free to cut and paste to your blog or web page the whole message from the linked page above. Or just use the letter I sent …

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Calling for no conservation measures that might obviate the mandate for ever more coal use into the foreseeable future, this abrogation of the “Stream Buffer Zone Rule” gives Big Coal access to anything it wants, any way it wants to get it. We can carry on with our profligate use of electricity as if West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee did not exist. This is unconscionable. It is the Bush way. History will never forget him. His legacy will be written in the very mountains …

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