Mountaintop removal (MTR) is arguably the most devastating form of energy extraction our nation has yet encountered--and Gainesville, FL can help bring it to an end!
To-date, MTR has permanently erased more than 500 peaks from the Appalachian mountains, buried or polluted more than 2,000 miles of pristine headwaters streams, and swept away more then 800 square miles of one of America’s most diverse and valuable ecosystems. The social, health, and economic toll on the region has been equally dire.
Our City Commission can end Gainesville's connection to MTR by asking GRU to avoid any future purchases of coal mined using this method. Let's help make Gainesville an example of how communities can embrace a clean energy future!
As a few of our friends in Appalachia have said:
“As a native West Virginian and 11th generation Appalachian, I have witnessed first hand the impacts of mountaintop removal on the health and heritage of the Appalachian people. Too many people are sick and dying because of MTR. Please act! We are running out of time here and remember we all live downstream.”
-Dustin White. Charleston, WV
“Coal companies have major influence over politicians in Kentucky. We need help from other states to stop this practice.”
-Jeanne Marie Hibberd. Berea, KY
“We are sickened by the ever constant devastation of our homeland and we don't believe that we should have to suffer this kind of destruction to have a job...it is important to remember that with the decline of a finite resource and an eye toward a future economy, every time we blow up another mountain, we destroy yet another future economic development opportunity.”
-Kathy Selvage. Wise, VA