The environmentalists' rally was headlined by Kentucky author Wendell Berry and Jim James, the lead singer of the band My Morning Jacket. "The EPA knows that coal ash is a poison," Berry said. "We ask it only to believe in it’s own findings on this issue, and do it’s duty."
The Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are holding a rally downtown tomorrow, Tuesday September 28th. KFTC fights the good fight and good people surround it. Some of those people are gathering at the corner of 4th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard for a rally.Here's the lineup:Wendell Berry - legendary Kentucky author and poetJim James (of My Morning Jacket)Daniel Martin MooreMakalani Bandele - affrilachian poetKate Larken
"We are asking that coal ash be classified as a hazardous waste, which will greatly strengthen the requirements for handling and storing this toxic material." Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
The rally begins at 4:30 p.m.
Over one hundred protesters from the Appalachian coalfields were arrested in front of the White House today, defiantly calling on the Obama administration to abolish mountaintop removal mining. As part of the Appalachia Rising events, the coalfield residents took part in a multi-day series of events to bring the escalating human rights, environmental and health care crisis to the nation's capitol.
WASHINGTON - September 27 - Thousands will converge today for Appalachia Rising, the largest national protest to end mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. Appalachian residents, retired coal miners, scientists and faith leaders are demanding that the Administration end the destructive practice that poisons communities and streams. Specifically, they are calling for the immediate veto of the Spruce Mine project and calling for sustainable economic diversification for the region.
We not only believe that we are entitled to more energy, but that we can get fatter and lazier on oil without consequences. The farmer and Christian poet Wendell Berry once noted that "The basic cause of the energy crisis is not scarcity: it is moral ignorance and weakness of character. We don't know how to use energy or what to use it for. And we cannot restrain ourselves. Our time is characterized as much by the abuse and waste of human energy as it is by the abuse and waste of fossil fuel energy."