Ah yes, good ole dirty energy exports, the Corporations gets the profit, Washington gets to point the finger at the nation that burns it at as the “real” cause of climate change, and the People – in this and other cases the politically impoverished indigenous – pay the cost of it all. How many times has this been played out?!?
This from EarthJustice:
“Arch Coal is planning to extract 1.3 billion tons of coal from this mine to ship to the West Coast and overseas to Asia.”
“Each year, Arch Coal will fill between 140,000 and 230,000 train cars with coal to send this resource abroad—undermining our efforts at home to regulate carbon dioxide and other toxic air emissions, and increasing the demand for destructive mining in the United States.”
“As an attorney for Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office and a Montana native, I know firsthand the unique beauty of southeast Montana’s Otter Creek Valley.”
“This is a lush, undeveloped region extremely rich in wildlife, including mule deer, white-tail deer, pronghorn, elk, and hundreds of bird species, including eagles and owls.”
“But if Arch Coal gets its way, this majestic valley will soon be dug up and destroyed, killing wildlife and fragmenting habitat. A new railroad will be constructed across wildlands and ranches. Sites with irreplaceable cultural significance to the northern Cheyenne tribe will be eliminated. Water will be polluted and a way of life for residents of the Otter Creek Valley will be forever changed.”
And of course EarthJustice needs money to fight against the inevitable consequences of our cash-based “democracy.”