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E-M:/ "Mountain Top Removal: The Unseen Costs of Coal-fired Power" -- Tuesday, October 21 in Ann Arbor


The Appalachian Mountains have stood for over 250 million years.  They've seen continents collide and split apart.  They've seen dinosaurs emerge, evolve, and go extinct.  Yet hundreds of these ancient mountain tops have been obliterated in recent years -- literally blown up for the sake of the coal that lies beneath their slopes. 

The result?  Forest-covered Appalachian mountaintops are transformed into moonscapes.  Nearby valleys and creeks are buried under waste rubble hundreds of feet deep.  Wildlife habitat is destroyed, communities are flooded, and nature is desecrated.  Click for photos

These ancient landscapes are being destroyed just for the sake of a few months of electricity.  There are cleaner, home-grown energy alternatives that, along with energy efficiency, can help stop the drive to build new coal-fired power plants in Michigan and thus reduce the need to blow apart Appalachian mountains for fuel.  Click to read 'The Dirty Truth About Coal'

Please join us at a free public program this Tuesday, October 21 when we'll hear from Kentuckian Dave Cooper about Mountain Top Removal:  The Unseen Costs of Coal-fired Power.

No membership is required to attend.  Newcomers are welcome to this family-friendly, public event, which begins at 7:30 pm at the lovely Matthaei Botanical Gardens (map here - directions below).

After the presentation, we invite you to stay for refreshments and to mingle with friendly people who share your interest in nature.  You can learn about local Sierra Club activities like hiking, skiing, and our conservation projects.

We'll be selling nature-friendly organic coffee and tea, and EarthCash shopping vouchers.   With EarthCash you can help stop sprawl when you shop at many of your favorite stores -- at no additional cost to you.  Both wall and desk size 2009 Sierra Club calendars will be available.  Same prices -- lowest anywhere -- for the third straight year.  You can also order Sierra Club holiday cards for November delivery.  Everything is available for purchase by cash or check.

Please feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested.

Doug Cowherd
Chair, Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group

P.S. Check out these two terrific short videos about mountain top removal.  The first one features Willie Nelson singing Dylan during the closing shot.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPixjCneseE

The Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group's public programs are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road (between Geddes and Plymouth roads, just east of Ann Arbor and US-23), beginning at 7:30 pm.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Next month's meeting:

November 18:     Journey Through the Arctic:   An Odyssey Through an Imperiled Landscape
                                            Chad Kister
                                            Coordinator -- Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign

For more information about all local Sierra Club activities:   http://www.michigan.sierraclub.org/huron/

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