paper in Science becoming grist for the late-night comedy talk show mill! So this is yet another reason to salute Stephen Colbert, who already offers the most science coverage of any such popular show, and treasure him for the precious resource he is. And I especially loved how he left the very distinguished ecologist Dr. Margaret Palmer floundering in helpless (and retort-less) laughter last night!
But, once you stop laughing, you should check out the Palmer et al paper - and then do something to hold the Obama EPA's feet to the (non-coal) fire on this issue. Mountaintop removal, like dragnet/bottom trawling fishing—or ocean bottom removal, if you will—is a barbaric practice, especially in this day and age when we are so proud of our precision in everything, including—especially—aerial bombing of remote mountain villages! Isn't it about time we stopped being so damn destructive towards the very earth that sustains us?
Will the people who spent over a billion dollars within the past few weeks (and are likely to spend that much and much more over the coming months) to be swept away in a fantasy about the noble fight to stop evil human corporations from destroying incredible ecosystems on a distant imaginary planet wake up, take off those damn goggles, step outside, and look around at the very real planet we inhabit, and see what we are doing to it?