OpenSourceCoal.org: Questioning the Viability of a Coal-Based Future
Appalachian Voices - Non-Profit - www.AppalachianVoices.org
OpenSourceCoal.org is an online user-friendly compendium which seeks to tame bewildering and wildly scattered government coal data. How many tons of coal were surface-mined by Massey Energy in 1998? What are the annual CO2 emissions from power plants in NC? The data available on OpenSourceCoal.org offers a comprehensive view of the rising costs and declining production of coal.
We have the tool plus relationships with the public, media, and elected officials. Free Range can provide the means of keeping the data current and disseminating this important information, helping to create a clean energy future for Appalachia.
Keeping active. ;)
Mountaintop removal has got to stop. Lets hope Congress passes the bipartisan Appalachia Restoration Act (S 696) and Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310) and gets the job done.
Roberta Dees commented
We need the information about the current advantages and disadvantages, profits and costs to the citizens, from the use of coal -- the inputs and outputs of the processes -- to make electricity. Then we will be able to make our case, that mountaintop removal mining must stop. That underground mining must be made safe for the miners. That the pollution escaping into the air from the plants must be minimized as much as possible, with the best available technology. That the disposal of coal ash must be done safely, and nowhere near to sources of drinking water, and must be regulated by the EPA.
c. ponder commented
Appalachian voices is a leader on protecting our enviroment and educating the public.
I don't think many folks even know how scattered this currently is...
Keep up the good work.
We need all the help we can get in our race to end MountainTop Removal coal mining that is destroying our Appalachian mountains!