This is a video sure to get your blood boiling. Thanks to Mike Malloy for calling attention to it.
Keeper of the Mountains are a West Virginia group opposed to ‘mountain top removal‘ mining. ‘MTR’ is basically wanton environmental destruction, ultra-strip mining, a just-blow-the-shit-up ‘energy industry’ practice. The ‘who wouldn’t want a moonscape?’ transformation of beautiful West Virginia.
Here, the video:
What a lovely sight: fat, drunken, violent pro-corporate thugs just dying to bring bloodshed to a peaceful 4th of July celebration.
Tales of mountain top removal:
Larry Gibson and Kayford Mountain. Larry Gibson’s family has lived on or near Kayford Mountain since the late 1700’s. More than 300 relatives are buried in the cemetery on Kayford Mountain. Larry and his family used to live on the lowest lying part of the mountain, and looked “up” to the mountain peaks that surrounded them. Since 1986, the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Eighteen years after the “mountain top removal” project began, Larry Gibson now occupies the highest point of land around; he is enveloped by a 12,000 acre pancake in what was previously a mountain range.
Keeper of the Mountains Foundation was created to fund Larry Gibson’s efforts to preserve and foster the values of moutain culture. KOTM also supports his ongoing effort to tell the story of the destruction of Kayford Mountain and the surrounding community as a result of mountain top removal. On February 2, 2005, the IRS determined that KOTM was exempt from taxation as a qualified 501 (c)(3) organization, and that contributions to KOTM are deductible under § 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. You may download a copy of our W-9 here.
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