Eminent group of scientists call for moratorium on issuance of mountaintop mining permits

Best headline on this is Grist’s Science confirms that blowing up mountains harms mountains

via Eminent group of scientists call for moratorium on issuance of mountaintop mining permits.

The scientists argue that regulators should no longer ignore rigorous science. “Mining permits are being issued despite the preponderance of scientific evidence that impacts are pervasive and irreversible and that mitigation cannot compensate for losses. Considering environmental impacts of MTM/VF, in combination with evidence that the health of people living in surface-mining regions of the central Appalachians may be compromised by mining activities, we conclude that MTM/VF permits should not be granted unless new methods can be subjected to rigorous peer-review and shown to remedy these problems.”

“Now more than ever, we need a 21st century approach to fulfilling our nation’s energy needs,” says Dr. Palmer. “No longer can we risk human and environmental health in our never-ending search for inexpensive energy. We need to move beyond filling valleys with mountaintop mining waste and temporarily storing fly ash in containment ponds to a modern energy production process built upon sound science, environmental safety and economic common sense.”

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And So It Snows

Only 10° this morning, and the snow flakes are quite lazy winter bees.  Last night the snow was falling heavily.  Robert was making popcorn in preparation for a movie when he said “Someone has hit the garage.” I got up and looked out the patio doors and there were already police lights flashing.  As it turned out, the police car was coming up the hill as the car coming down slid across the road, barely missing the police car. It hit the stanchion that is there to keep people from hitting the garage.  There is not room for a row, so he did hit the corner of the garage, but with little damage.

The driver had only a learner’s permit, and was illegally alone in his girlfriend’s car.  Ah youth.  Not even experienced drivers should have been driving in last night’s conditions without good reason.

While we were waiting for the police officer to come up to the house, our neighbor across the street came over with prints of the photos he had taken of Monday’s accident.