WHEREAS mountaintop removal coal mining is devastating the environment,
economies, people, and culture in Appalachia;
WHEREAS the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that at least seven
hundred miles of healthy streams have been buried by mountaintop removal coal
WHEREAS the exploitation of Appalachia unjustly enriches other regions in the
United States by providing cheap coal and thus electricity at the expense of
WHEREAS the availability of cheap coal thwarts energy conservation efforts
because consumers, if required to pay the full and true costs of energy, would
likely change their consumption habits; and
WHEREAS passage of H. R. 2719, the Clean Water Protection Act, would amend
the Clean Water Act in a way that should reduce the use of mountaintop removal
coal mining because coal companies would no longer be permitted to dump waste
into nearby streams and valleys;
THEREFORE be it resolved that in order to protect the Appalachian environment
and its people and to promote environmentally aware energy consumption patterns,
the delegates of the 2006 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist
Association call upon our member congregations, our affiliate organizations, and
individual Unitarian Universalists to:
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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