Activists Lobby Capitol Opposing Mountaintop Removal, Supporting Renewable Energy

by Erica Peterson on February 14, 2012

Environmental activists are urging state lawmakers to stop supporting mountaintop removal coal mining and throw their weight behind renewable energy legislation.

Today is “I Love Mountains Day” at the state capitol.  Hundreds showed up to support the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, which would mandate a certain percentage of energy in Kentucky come from renewable or efficient sources.

Recent studies have linked mountaintop removal to birth defects, cancer and other diseases. The activists held pinwheels to represent the more than 60,000 people in Appalachia who they say are estimated to have cancer due to strip mining. They left those pinwheels on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion, in hopes of sending a message to Governor Steve Beshear.

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