DEATH OF A MOUNTAIN

Harnessing the power of coal is looking more beautiful every day? So say’s GE latest “Ecomagination” ad

GE use sex to sell coal

(Tip via City Hippy)

Can we handle the truth? Here’s what the power of coal really does: the ugly, hideous, scarring and destroying of the Appalachian wilderness

Beautiful? I think not!

And…

Did you know that by recycling a single aluminum can we conserve enough energy to power a regular TV for a whole hour? Did you know that if every home in America used just one energy efficient light bulb that we would instantly cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1 trillion pounds per year? With these simple steps individuals can make a difference.

The lion’s share of electricity in this country comes from burning coal, and that has myriad environmental consequences—from air pollution that exacerbates asthma, to water pollution that poisons fish and pregnant mothers and their fetuses with mercury, to the decimation of landscapes through mountaintop removal to get the coal. The more we can wean ourselves away from coal—through conserving and by getting more of our electricity from “green” sources—the more we can ameliorate these ill effects. read more