Friday, March 13, 2009

Paradise Hauled Off in Coal Train

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End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

A panel of federal judges has ruled in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a controversial mountaintop removal mining legal case. The ruling will permit mining companies to conduct devastating mountaintop removal coal mining operations without acting to minimize stream destruction or conducting adequate environmental reviews.

As a result, Appalachia could now be facing up to 100 new mountaintop removal coal mining permits, which would destroy huge swaths of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Paradise

©John Prine

When I was a child my family would travel
Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born
And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn.

And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

Well, sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison down by Airdrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill.

Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am.

Notes on Paradise: Paradise was a real place in Kentucky, and while I was away in the Army in Germany, my father sent me a newspaper article telling how the coal company had bought the place out. It was a real Disney-looking town. . . Then the bulldozers came in and wiped it all off the map. - John Prine


3 comments:

Jeff said...

This is terrible news. I don't understand how federal judges could have made such a decision, as it seems so clearly wrong. How could they, in these modern times, not put a priority on the environment? The damage caused by mountaintop removal is well known, how could they just ignore that?

Do you think the Sierra Club could actually do something to prevent this from happening?

This reminds me of a quote:
"Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."

I don't have a blog but I do have a website about crackers that you could visit if you feel like it.

-Jeff

Pozycjonowanie Poznan said...

Jeff: I feel that federal judges received a lot of money for making that decision. It certainly benefits someone (and it's surely not the environment).

Graham Gunningham said...

This is a castrophy! This would not be possible in the uk. How can you court system allow this to happen?

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