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Watch: Children speak out about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Children in Appalachian coal mining communities are 42 percent more likely to be born with birth defects and have a life expectancy that is almost five years lower than the national average.

They understand why. Will you take a moment to watch this video and share it with your friends and family?

Dozens of scientific studies have linked mountaintop removal mining to high rates of cancer and other diseases in nearby communities. But as these children show, you don’t need to be a scientist to understand the devastating impact that mountaintop removal has on the health and quality of life of people living nearby.

Thanks to thousands of people like you who have spoken up for the Appalachian Mountains and communities time and again, President Obama’s agencies have taken major steps to reduce the destruction caused by mountaintop removal mining over the past four years. 

As the president is sworn in to a second term later this month, we have an opportunity to finish the job and stop mountaintop removal once and for all. We need your help to ensure that President Obama makes ending mountaintop removal a priority in his second term.

If you haven’t already, please join these kids by sending a clear message to the White House: No more excuses Mr. President, End Mountaintop Removal Now.

And please help these children spread the word about what’s happening in their communities by sharing this video with your friends, family and colleagues.

For the Mountains,

Matt Wasson

2 Responses to “Watch: Children speak out about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining”


    Mountain top removal is bad. Even though I clearly dont like mountains, I still dont think mountaintop remvoal is a good thing for the children.

  2. chris Says:

    Mountaintop removal is a topic that has two sides, economy and environmental purposes. The economy has been having trouble lately, yes. But its killing the environment and even people. Its wrong and destroys the natural wonders of West Virginia. Our mountains is what we are known for, but I cant even see them anymore. Its killed animals and even people. We need to stop it and file laws against it. Message someone and let it get around. Im always here to help if something is arranged.

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