Foreshadowing the Bush Legacy on Coal

To assess what has been handed down from his [George W. Bush] eight years in office is doable. To write about what will last long- term is harder. One exception, though, comes to mind: here in Appalachian, we face a permanent hole in our vistas (and our lives) in the wake of so-called mountaintop removal mining (MTR). So-called because I prefer to call it Mountain Range Destruction. This type of mining pulverizes whole mountains for their underlying coal ... Full Story »

Posted by Barry Grossheim
Dale Penn
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by Dale Penn - Dec. 30, 2009

This blog post takes a deep look at a sliver of the Bush legacy that on the surface appears regional in scope. In reality it provides an example of industry intrusion on government regulation that even 10 years ago would have been unthinkable. One doesn't have to know much about coal to see the relevance of this piece to the discussion of the Bush Legacy.

I spent several years as a corporate lender with a special focus on coal and power in the early 1990's. We studied mountain top mining proposals and were intimately involved in financing coal mining operations and utilities. Mountain top mining was considered a non-starter given EPA concerns and fears that our lending institution could end up with the deepest pockets, and therefore end up owning any legal problems associated with these projects. The Bush Administration's actions ... More »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Dec. 30, 2009

The article is sufficiently thorough and extensive to fully convey the Bush/Cheney legacy of turning over the environment to be exploited for short term profit at the expense of ordinary people and the environment.

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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Dec. 30, 2009

Wellington, a News Trust editor, has written extensively on this topic and knows it well. Here she provides a lot of context and a pretty clear pattern of behavior that amply proves her point.

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Gary Clark
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by Gary Clark - Feb. 24, 2011

The author details her extensive previous exposition of coal industry damages to the Appalachian mountains, with numerous useful links. She proceeds to detail the affronts to environment through favors bestowed on vested energy interests by the Bush administration, including the most recent, the massive toxic coal waste flood under the supervision of the TVA. A thoughtful ending; she asks if it is time to turn our time and energy away from Bush's "Legacy" to concentrate on holding Obama accountable.

The "inclusiveness" of business oriented views in the Obama administration will demand constant push from environmental voices in order to counter the coal-oil- nuclear lobbies influence.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), “we lost an opportunity to become less dependent on importing oil, on using fossil fuels, which have been a threat to our national security ... More »

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Dec. 30, 2009

A great resource on the politics of coal and the environmental damage of mountain top removal.

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Glenn LaBauve
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by Glenn LaBauve - Dec. 30, 2009

"Pray for the dead but fight like hell for the living More »

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Kenneth Sibbett
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by Kenneth Sibbett - Jan. 13, 2009

An excellent report on the Bush/Cheney ties with Big energy, some who believe wrote the majority of the Bush enegy policy (what policy). While this admin., gave into every big money companies that could grease the republican coffers, Cheney hid behind the conservative Supreme Court.Deregulating the damage done by this Admin., will take decades.

I share Ms. Wellington's concern that it will now be time to hold Obama's feet to the fire. But, sooner or latter, as always, the truth will reveal itself and show Bush/Cheney for the thievery and sell-out to their friends and big business, although by this time what the hell will it matter.

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