Matt Parsons Such
bullshit they're feeding the public. Strip mines are not and can not be
reclaimed in this way. The land is far too unstable to put in big
operation like this on it. Furthermore, to have a balanced ecosystem
you'll need mroe than just very small fur trees and lespodeza grass,
which are the only things that can really grow up on these strip jobs.
Also, the mass amount of flat land creates a flood plane, causing the
first big rain to wash out any progress you've made "reclaiming it", not
to mention it completely floods the communities below (see Mingo and
Logan county floods in West Virginia).
don draper I'm
pretty sure I saw this Mad Men episode...and to think they forgot to
feature the cocktails and smoking. At least they captured the
everlasting male chauvinism and corporate greenwashing. And why
does the company exec get to take over driving of the other white man's
car? Makes you wonder, huh.
R Gilbert Not
much has changed from the M.O. being displayed here... Now there are a
multitude of instant, poll-based media constructs and responses to foist
upon a lazy, intellectually passive public. Why do people fall for this
self-serving pandering drivel so easily? I don't know if I really
want into those less than inquiring minds. I always assumed (yah - I
know the assume joke) that with more "information" on the googles and
news streams that awareness, or at least a healthy scepticism
would follow... Nope, apparently not, sad to say. The corporate messages
are harmless in themselves if no one's buying the BS.
Mr. P The
multi-decade corporate strategy to convince us that what's in thier
interest is also good for us (land wrecklamation) and what's bad for
them is bad for us (unions) has led, in my view, to a very ignorant
society. But here's a lovely little more recent greenwash ad for ya: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/10/bringing_sexy_back.php
want to congratulate all the commenters here who are pedalling
furiously on their stand bikes to generate the electricity to run their
computers so they can surf the internet. I can't imagine how you manage
to type and pedal at the same time.
the smart ones I know are using wind generators with battery
backup for when the wind doesn't blow. Everyone else probably have no
idea how their electric company creates the electricity they're using.
I'll give you a hint - if you don't live next to a hydroelectric dam or
nuclear power plant, it's most likely coal.
Strip mining is bad, yes. But the other kind of mining isn't
fun either. In either case, you still have to do land reclaimation
afterward or you just leave a giant mess for future generations to clean
I like your point, except that other kinds of energy sources do exist.
It wouldn't cause a lot of "oceantop removal" to cover parts of the gulf
with wind turbines, nor would it destroy the sun to extend huge parts
of land or ocean with solar. The point is we don't aggressively focus on
these things (and other things) because, despite the clean and clear
benefit, it's easier and more profitable for us to stick to bad wasteful
methods that destroy the planet. But you're very right: It's either a
pedal bike or a mined out mountain.