Rain and the environment

Well, it’s about time it rained.  Of course, now we’ll probably get all the rain that we were supposed to get all summer in about 4 days.  And, riding my bike in this kind of weather is exactly the sort of experience that makes me rethink my desire to be environmentally conscious.  Still, with my rain gear (one of these days I’ll have to get a picture of me in it, I’m super HOT!) I arrive to work with little or no wetness, except for my face, which is okay.

Speaking of environmentally conscious, rain like this is exactly what washes down a valley fill and floods peopleMountaintop Removal from their homes in eastern Kentucky.  It’s also the sort of rain that can break a poorly made slurry containment pond and allow millions of gallons of sludge to obliterate an entire community from the groundwater on up.  I bring this up because it’s the sort of thing you learn from being not only a geography student, but from being an audience member at a Kentuckians for the Commonwealth presentation.  The coal companies are destroying the landscape at a remarkable rate.  For example, at the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh used 4000 lbs. of ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate-Fuel Oil) to blow up the Murrah Federal Building.  Every day in the Appalachian mountains 4,000,000 lbs. of ANFO is used to blow the tops of mountains to get to the coal that powers your world.  At the current rate of devastation, there will be no mountains in southern West Virginia in two decades.  It will all be golf courses or mini-malls which is what is substituted for centuries-old mountains that contain coal.

For more information check out the following links:

Mountain Justice Summer

I Love Mountains

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

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