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Mountaintop Removal Jonathan Hotchkin 2/10/08 Environmental Sociology Word Count: 675
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The Hidden Costs of Mountaintop Removal 2 Since the 1990s, the demand for cheap electricity has increased the demand for highly efficient, low sulfur coal. According to the author, “in the past 20 years, the U.S demand for electricity increased 70%” (Fox 2005: 19). West Virginia, as it turns out, has become the site of massive statewide environmental destruction in an attempt to meet the increasing energy needs of the nation. In the words of the author, West Virginia has practically become an environmental sacrifice zone to meet the increasing energy needs of the country. The process of mountaintop removal and the destruction that come from it are both environmental and sociological issues rooted in the inequality within internal class relations. In an age where there is growing concern over the long term supply levels of fossil fuels, the ability to quickly and efficiently mine coal in an inexpensive fashion within our own national borders seems to be flawless. As the demand for highly efficient coal increases, new technology
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course SOCY 2077 taught by Professor Hoyt,kristopher during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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