SAVE COAL RIVER by Robert Kennedy Jr.

SAVE COAL RIVER by Robert Kennedy Jr.


Big industry is literally liquidating this state for cash, using these giant machines and 2500 tons of ammonia nitrate they detinate in Appalachia every single day – it’s the equivalent of a Hiroshima bomb once a week. They are blowing the tops off of mountains to get at the coal seams underneath and they take the rock and the debris and the ruble and they plow it into the adjacent river valley and they bury the rivers and they bury the valleys. According to the EPA they have buried 2000 miles of Americas head water streams and river streams. This is a crime. You can not do this in the United States of America. It’s a violation of the clean water act. You can’t take rock and debris and ruble and dump it into a water body without a permit.

We have corrupt public officials who are running this [wva] state. We are not intimidated by this because we know that we live in a democracy and it’s our job to reclaim this democracy, especially for the people of this state and for the children of this state to make sure we hand them a democracy and not a corrupt corporate plutocracy.

Honk if you hate mountaintop removal and if you love America.

You know the polluters and their indentured servants in our political process, the corrupt public officials, the agencies they’ve captured, their slick PR firms, their phony think tanks in Washington D.C. and their phony scientists who say “It’s o.k. to cut down mountains”, we call them Biostitutes. They say, and the people in this agency, they say the same thing. They’ve been very adept over the past few years at saying environmentalists are tree huggers, or radicals, or militants, or pagans who worship trees and sacrifice people. But there is nothing radical about clean air and clean water for our children. And the mountains that God made – leave them like he made them.

We’re not fighting for the environment for the sake of the and the fishes and the birds. We’re fighting for it because we understand that nature is the infrastructure of our communities. If on the other hand we want to do what Massey Coal and the big industry wants us to do, which is to treat the planet as if it were a business in liquidation, convert our national resources (including the state of West Virginia) to cash as quickly possible, have a few years of pollution based prosperity, we can generate an instantaneous cash flow and the illusion of a prosperous economy, but our children are going to pay for our joy ride. And they are going to pay for it with denuded landscape and poor health and huge clean up costs that are going to amplify over time and that they will never ever be able to pay. Environmental injury is deficit spending. It’s a way of loading the costs, selfishly, selfishly, selfishly, of our prosperity onto the backs of our children.

From their own records, EPAs records, 10,000 violations of water quality standards against this industry over the past 10 years – 10,000 violations that they know about and that have not been enforced against. Why? Because the agency as been captured. Well this is real crime. These are dangerous elements and chemicals and poisons that they are putting in our river systems.

“It’s a crime what’s being done to these mountains. It looks like a moonscape not too far from where I live. The streams are being covered over and polluted. The trees are being stripped off, & those trees help make ground water. For years these coal companies treated miners like cattle, now it’s cheaper for them to do this and poison everybody downstream in the process.”

“This man is so intelligent, so eloquent and so patient with us– I just want to extend a heart felt thank you to Mr. Kennedy and to apologize for any rude or attacking comments, as I know he is right. We need to have jobs for these guys that are now working with the big destruction industry– my baby calls them Mountain Eating monsters– education, training and high paying jobs in sustainable industries NOW.”