A note: I'm not an expert, but I'm unable at this time to verify through chapter and verse the assertion, but who am I?
Mining method a moral issueThis is an interpretation, it seems to me, that would go well beyond the removal of a mountaintop and extend to every excavation, every home remodel, every subdivision construction project, every controlled burn, every sand box, ... even to the creation of all those bike paths and hiking trails that so many people around here are fond of.
By Allen Johnson, writing in the Charleston (WV) Gazette
For over two years I have been involved with a network organization, Christians for the Mountains, to engage Christians and their churches to take on the moral question of mountaintop removal. The massive scale of beheading coal-bearing mountains, obliterating headwater streams and building multibillion-gallon toxic slurry impoundments beg biblical and theological activity.
It is now clear the coal industry and their regulatory and political sidekicks care only about the dollar. An honest debate on the ethics and morality of mountaintop removal has not occurred.
OK, churches, let’s have it. Is “it right by God” to permanently destroy the mountains, valleys, forests, streams, rich diversity of animals and plants, and local culture to provide a few jobs, a tidy corporate profit and a cheap light bill?
We think not. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains” is from the 24th Psalm that launched Christians for the Mountains two years ago at a gathering in Charleston. (link)
If this man was serious about it, of course. A dubious presumption.
Surface mining. A moral issue.