Blowing up mountains for short-term profit

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I missed the airing Sunday night of Battle for Blair Mountain, which offered a debate on the practice of blowing up mountain ranges to get the coal.

I don’t see where there can be a real debate. Those who support this horrible method of mining talk about the jobs, with little regard for the consequences to the health of the people in these areas or to the wildlife or to the natural beauty of the mountains.
One side seems to want to overlook the fact that nearby streams are heavily polluted by this method of mining.

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Horrible bill in the US Congress would place moratorium on Endangered Species listings

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Mike Simpson (R-ID) is the chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and according to Defenders of Wildlife he is out to bring the listing of new species to the Endangered Species List to a screeching halt.

A statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen notes the Interior Department funding bill being pushed by Simpson “takes an ax to countless environmental provisions aimed at protecting our public lands, water, and wildlife.”

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Pack of News for June 4, 2011

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with drugging a dog at an American Kennel Club show last December, to give his girlfriend’s dog better odds of winning the event.

The accused is denying the allegations and his attorney is quoted by the Chicago Sun Times as saying – β€œIt’s a very highly competitive world. Emotions were flying high that day.”

An anti-raccoon rally – yes I typed “anti-raccoon rally” – was scheduled for today in a Toronto, Canada neighborhood. The event was planned in response to the arrest of a man for beating a group of baby raccoons with a shovel on Wednesday.

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Federal agencies announce efforts to improve Endangered Species Act – Really?

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I received a press release today from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, announcing that this agency and the NOAA Fisheries Service were launching an “Effort to Improve Implementation of the Endangered Species Act.” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made the announcement on this effort.

The released included the following –

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Deforestation in the Amazon increasing at alarming rate

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This an extremely important story that will sadly get little attention in the cloud that is the national media. A significant increase in the level of deforestation is being witnessed in the Amazon rainforests in Brazil – as reported on the Huffington Post website.

Some Brazilian farmers are calling for a weakening of environmental laws in the region to allow for more deforestation. The cost of allow this to happen and allowing for any more deforestation of rainforest anywhere is tremendously huge.

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