Mountaintops…who needs ’em?!

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Sep 20, 2010
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All these years I thought mountains were majestic. That we could climb them, but not move them. Turns out I was only half right.


800 to 1000 feet blasted from the tops of mountains.

Our purple mountain majesties. Desecrated. All in the name of coal.

Brace yourself before watching this video from EarthJustice:

There you have it. Coal companies use explosives to detonate as much as 800 to 1000 feet off the tops of mountains in order to reach the coal seams that lie underneath. Strip mining for coal. Gotta love it. This could be good news for mountain climbers, though. They won’t have to climb quite as high to reach the top.

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~Sir Edmund Hillary

Beautiful quote. But I suppose it needs to be updated to…

Read more and find out how you can take action at I Count for myEARTH.


About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


7 Responses to “Mountaintops…who needs ’em?!”

  1. Bud Wilson says:

    Hi Lynn, Once again you're making a huge and important contribution to raising awareness and calling for action to protect our precious home! Coal must go! Boulder, Colorado has denied Xcel Energy it's 20 year lease agreement to continue polluting our atmosphere with dirty coal. At least one more Coal fired generating plant will be retired soon!

  2. Thanks, Bud. Way to go Colorado! Cheers!

  3. pauloone says:

    That is painful to watch indeed. We live in a culture that shows the same lack of respect to the environment it lives in as it does to the bodies its spirits live in. We gobble mountains with the same intensity that we gobble calories and possessions!

  4. Lynn Hasselberger says:

    Maybe we're the ones that deserve to be carved on T-Day, eh? gobble gobble

  5. The supply/demand profit and sheer lack of human morality behind this insanity will only be prevented through new legislation that makes it illegal. It’s no doubt a tough battle with the dirty power industry but with so much awareness and momentum behind alternative clean energy, winning that battle should be easier than climbing a topless mountain!

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