In an Associated Press article in the Nov. 5 Herald-Leader, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Caylor commented on anti-surface mining organizations’ use of the Internet and Google Earth to display satellite images of mountaintop-removal mining sites.
“I clearly think it’s for shock value,” Caylor said. “They’re playing the emotional card on us.”
Well, I am shocked to see satellite photos of destroyed areas that dwarf the area inside Lexington’s New Circle Road hundreds of times. I am shocked to see vast areas of Appalachia unfit for human habitation.
I am shocked to see that mountaintop removal has occurred over nearly half of Perry, Knott and other counties — areas away from highways that we’d never know about were it not for these satellite images.
I am shocked to know that there are people who would destroy God’s creation. If you can’t get emotional about the destruction of the Earth, what can you get emotional about?
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