The Green Moms Carnival On Coal

This months Green Moms Carnival is about coal. This is an issue I have written about before, it’s one that is very important to me. There is coal mining about 130 miles from me in the McAlester area. Hearing the stories from the people who live around the mining is just heart breaking. And the mining here in Oklahoma is nothing like the mining in the Appalachian mountains. We so often forget the people that are being harmed by our use of coal.

Here is a video of one of the people living in the town of Bokoshe, Oklahoma where coal ash is dumped.


The coal ash she is talking about can contain arsenic, barium, beryllium, boron, cadmium, chromium, thallium, selenium, molybdenum, mercury, and many other toxins. That is what she is cleaning off her windows and breathing in everyday.

Coal ash can also spill and create a major disaster like the Tennessee spill back in December of 2008. About 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash spilled over Tennessee. It’s not an easy spill to clean up either. Treehugger.com reported this past December that the clean up is far from over.


Mountaintop coal removal is another problem with coal. The EPA defines mountaintop coal removal mining as- “Mountaintop removal/valley fill is a mining practice where the tops of mountains are removed, exposing the seams of coal. Mountaintop removal can involve removing 500 feet or more of the summit to get at buried seams of coal. The earth from the mountaintop is then dumped in the neighboring valleys.”
The coal companies want you to believe they can make clean coal but no matter if they truly can capture the C02 at the plants or not, coal will always be dirty. The mining of the coal no matter what plant it goes go is harmful for us and the environment. People are hurting and even dying for our power. Coal can not continue to supply more than half of our power!    
To help save our mountains and end mountaintop removal coal mining visit ILoveMountains.org and to learn more about the coal ash in Bokoshe, Oklahoma visit Coalfighter on YouTube. 

And here is what the other Green Moms have to say about coal:

Lynn at Organic Mania talks about not really knowing much about coal before this carnival. I think this is where most Americans find themselves, it was long ago I was the same.

Karen at Best of Mother Earth says “A bit like my wish for fast food restaurants to be shut down.  Ain’t happening. I wish I could feel optimistic about this one. I don’t.” I sadly agree. She also shares some of coals history and why clean coal isn’t really clean.

Diane at The Big Green Purse talks about Obama’s State of the Union address and why clean coal and nukes shouldn’t be on the table for helping our energy problems.

Green Bean over at The Green Phone Booth talks about reading Lost Mountain and about mountaintop removal coal mining and what it’s doing to Appalachia.


Deanna at Crunchy Chicken talks about one of the many ways the coal industry is working to make sure everyone thinks coal is wonderful, this time their target is kids.

Hope you have learned a bit about coal from the Green Moms. Making people aware of the problem is the first and biggest step.

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