Sustainable environments assignment 5

Sustainable environments assignment 5 - 1 What is mountain...

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1. What is mountain top removal and what is its purpose? (.5 page) 2. What are the different pro-coal mining and anti-coal mining arguments made throughout the film? Who are the proponents/opponents of the coal mining industry and what sorts of environmental ethics frameworks do they use to express their views? (1 page) Pro: coal companies are for it. Anti: Affects people’s housing and can force them to move. Flooding and damage to cultural heritage. People in the communities are against it. 3. Discuss the externalities of coal mining mentioned over the course of the film. Is coal a “cheap” source of energy? Discuss in detail. (1 page) 4. Although the anti-coal activists in the film did not use this language specifically, explain what might constitute environmental injustice in the context of coal mining in Eastern Kentucky. (.5 page)
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Mountaintop removal is the process through which coal mining companies cut off the tops of mountains and mine for coal. This process occurs when a coal mining company scopes out hillside properties that are seemingly abandoned and/or areas where people are in tough financial situations because they are more easily convinced by the money offered to them in return for the leasing of their surrounding property. After the companies are able to find a suitable area, the coal mining company can then make a series of cuts to remove the mountain tops and use the area below to mine for coal. The mountain tops are moved into nearby valleys. The purpose of removing the mountain tops is to allow the coal mining companies more easy access to the areas underneath the tops of the mountains where coal is found. Once the
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  • Spring '13
  • AllisonHayes-Conroy
  • Coal, Coal mining

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