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Mr. President: Don’t Leave Appalachia Out of Climate Action Talks!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Earlier this summer President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan which outlines important and commendable steps to reduce some of the damage caused by the burning of fossil fuels. While it is critical that action be taken to reduce pollution from coal fired plants, it is imperative that the president not forget about communities impacted by coal extraction.

Take action now and tell President Obama to include Appalachia in the conversation about this nation’s energy future.

A top energy staff person for the Obama Administration recently reported on the President’s plan, by saying the intentions are to “protect our environment, reduce harmful pollution, and promote economic growth all at the same time.” 

Yet, citizens working for a healthy and bright future in Appalachia, free from the dangers of mountaintop removal coal mining have found themselves the footnote of Obama’s climate plan.

Every day that mountaintop removal continues in Appalachia, environmental destruction, heart and lung disease, and stalled economic growth are added to Obama’s legacy.

Tell President Obama to protect the future of Appalachian communities and end mountaintop removal.

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