Friends of the mountains,
On Thursday, Sept. 18th, the Gainesville City Commission voted unanimously to condemn the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. A 5-2 majority also voted to establish a new coal procurement policy for Gainesville Regional Utilities that seeks to exclude mountaintop-mined coal from our fuel mix.
This victory is a huge step forward for our campaign, and could not have been won without the steadfast support of Gainesville City Commissioner Lauren Poe, our friends at Appalachian Voices, and the tremendous volunteer efforts of our local supporters.
Your petition signatures were presented to the Commission during the meeting, and more than one Commissioner personally commented to us how many people had contacted them expressing support on this issue. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We've got a lot more work ahead of us to make sure that this policy is implemented properly, to end mountaintop removal for good, and to help people find smart ways to cut back on their utility bills. As we've said time and again, communities do not have to choose between dirty energy and high utility bills.
If you live in the Gainesville-area and would like to volunteer with our organization, please contact us (email@example.com; 352-610-1090). You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GainesvilleLovesMountains), where we will continue to post information related to ending the practice of mountaintop removal and transitioning to a clean energy economy.
If you live in another part of the U.S. and have a municipally-owned, coal-consuming utility, we encourage you to replicate our campaign. We are happy to share information and resources with you, as are our friends at Appalachian Voices (www.appvoices.org).
And finally, wherever you live, let's work together to make this year the year we end mountaintop removal for good. Visit www.ilovemountains.org to learn more about what you can do to help bring this devastating practice to an end.
Gainesville Loves Mountains