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Does Your Electricity Bring Down Mountains?

One of the things that most people don’t consider when they flip on the lights at night is that the electricity they use to light their way has the power to bring down mountains. In fact, electrical power in the United States has already brought down many mountains: 470 mountains, my the count of the advocacy group Appalachian Voices. That’s the number of mountains that have been destroyed in the USA in order to extract their coal.

Is the electricity in your light bulb responsible for the destruction of mountains? Thanks to the progressive activism of Appalachian Voices, you can find out. At their peripheral web site I Love Mountains, residents of the United States can enter their zip codes and then see photographs taken from the air of the mountains that their power company extracts coal from. It’s a way for people to get a real image of the concrete impact of their energy usage, and to motivate them to engage in more efforts at conservation.

(Source: Appalachian Voices)

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