I always get these emails from various environmental organizations advertising an action or legal event, but they're always too far away. Last week, I got an email from ilovemountains.org discussing a senate hearing on mountain top removal. As I am currently working only about an hour away from DC, I decided to take the opportunity to head over and check out what this hearing was about. Sadly, it turns out the commute takes one hour when there are no other cars on the road, which was not the case at 3 PM on Thursday.
However, from what I gathered after the fact, the hearing went very well for those who are trying to stop mountain top removal. Those testifying provided moving accounts of why these horrible practices should be ended. Most pro-coal activists showed up too late to even get into the room.
My camera was recently stolen (probably by evil pro-coal activists). However, my newly purchased camera arrived Thursday morning, so I got to take some pictures of the hearing room after all was said and done.
Here's Senator Benjamin Cardin, chairman of the subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, where this hearing took place.
Here they were plotting to steal my camera again! Silly pro-coal activists never learn.