Comments: It's Nothing Personal

If we invaded the West Virginian mainland, the entire West Virginian military and civilian population would fight to the death! You can see that we have to use the bombs!

Posted by Murfyn at January 18, 2010 01:24 AM

I often wonder if the American people are going to survive being this stupid.

Posted by Susan at January 18, 2010 03:50 AM

No.

Posted by NomadUK at January 18, 2010 04:01 AM

And, actually, that wouldn't be so bad, except they're going to take everyone else with them.

Posted by NomadUK at January 18, 2010 07:10 AM

Given the apparent, obdurate intransigence of the USer Congress on matters of attempting to ameliorate the impending/imminent/already-gathering global climate crisis, and the relation of that intransigence to the extent and effects of the eventual catastrophe on them aand their citizens, the rest of the world would have ample reason--as well as plenty of moral justification-- to turn on, attack, invade, and overthrow the US, if only to remove the worst roadblock to climate protection, by eliminating the USer Congress.;.;.

Posted by woody at January 18, 2010 07:57 AM

I believe they're working on the theory that there's a new, better state underneath the current one.

Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at January 18, 2010 01:36 PM

If we invaded the West Virginian mainland, the entire West Virginian military and civilian population would fight to the death! You can see that we have to use the bombs!

I thought the West Virginians would greet us as liberators?

Posted by Malaclypse at January 18, 2010 03:18 PM

My West Virginia wife really hates mountaintop removal with a passion. The process is heavily mechanized, so it doesn't create many jobs, but they are relatively high-paying jobs, and virtually the only ones, so the issue divides the mining communities.

The environmental destruction is severe and permanent.

Posted by N E at January 18, 2010 05:45 PM

My guess is they use ANFO,fertilizer and kerosene, just like Timmy McVeigh. It's the cheapest if I remember correctly.

Posted by par4 at January 18, 2010 06:01 PM

How could we give up such discourse with nature? The scintillations reach us, here, staring under our lamps at this brilliance!

Posted by Woodyeofalb at January 18, 2010 09:10 PM

"My guess is they use ANFO,fertilizer and kerosene, just like Timmy McVeigh. It's the cheapest if I remember correctly."

- par4

ANFO and fertilizer take up too much space and bombs like that are hard to physically handle. Either they're drilling holes in key points and sticking C4 or dynamite into the holes, or they're using shaped charges specially built for the task. Either way it's as idiotic as how the USSR used atomb bombs (!) to dig canals in Siberia. Hilltop removal is just the cheap, nasty way to get at the coal in a fly by night operation, and the people living in the area will pay the cost for generations.

Posted by mr. mike at January 20, 2010 04:47 AM

Most mining opperations out west use blasting slurry, ammonia nitrate and oil, mixed at the hole for safety, and using microsecond timers in the ignition proccess for maximum effect. Cheap and effective for that bottom line.

Posted by Mike Meyer at January 20, 2010 06:38 PM

Mike Meyer
Welcome back! You were missed..........
for your comments and I thought my "usa constitution" guru had gone awol!

ps I am presuming, you are the same Mike Meyer!

Posted by Rupa Shah at January 20, 2010 09:29 PM

And here is Colbert report on mountain top mining......
"Colbert Report Takes Down Big Coal: Save the Endangered Hillbilly"
here
http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/01/20

Posted by Rupa Shah at January 21, 2010 10:38 AM