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The World's Grievance Man

Blue Collar Rocker Who Sings With A Cause in His Heart

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“There are a lot of guys out there who pass themselves off as blue-collar rockers, but Mike Stout is unquestionably the real thing”. -Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post Gazette


"Mike’s lyrics speak for the working class more than any other musician around today" -Jim Jordon Electric Pencil


"In the Woody Guthrie tradition, his songs reflect contemporary issues without resorting to journalism. They're more like partisan op-ed columns that grab political opponents by the throat and don't let go." - John Hayes Pittsburgh Post Gazette


"It’s high time to make the powers that be dance to a different tune and Mike has supplied the soundtrack for that mission. I believe music can be a driving force for change and I’m glad Mike Stout is behind the wheel." -Paulo Freire of elecpencil.wordpress.com




The Grievance ManMike Stout is an internationally known socially conscious singer song-writer and in your face take charge social activist. Taking his music to the picket lines and protest rallies Mike leads crusades against economic and environmental injustice calling people to action. Like his musical heroes Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger his songs urge people to unite in solidarity to fight for a better life and to fight for a world safe from war and environmental degradation. For more than three decades, Mike Stout has been writing, recording and performing songs that tell the stories of the working class heroes of U.S. labor history and their struggles for peace, social justice and a decent standard of living.


Working with all-star casts of nationally known Pittsburgh musicians and producers Mike has released 13 independent CDs and recorded over 150 songs. Mike Stout's "Point of Pittsburgh", "Americana Dreams" and "Breaking The Chains" CDs were named notable releases by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. His "Calling Steeler Nation" video was viewed over 100,000 times and was named "One of the best tributes I've ever seen to the borderless 'nation' of Steelers fans" by Dan Gigler in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Blog-N-Gold. The song 'People to People" from his "Full Circle" CD brought him to the attention of music fans in Germany.

Brandenburg Gate Protest Day 2007Mike Stout has performs at concert halls, outdoor festivals, clubs, union conventions and schools across the United States and Europe. The highlight of his 2007 German tour was a concert at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate playing for thousands at the national protest day. Stout has appeared in Germany on eight concert tours and has performed in Paris, Denmark, Poland, and the Czech Republic with his message of human solidarity and peace.



On Sept 7, 2012 Mike was invited to perform in tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the birth of folk-singer Woody Guthrie at the PA Labor History Society concert held at the State Theater in State College, Pa. He performed with Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, an Mary), Anne Feeney, and Si Kahn. The event was part of the national Grammy Awards Woody Guthrie celebration. Mike performed his ode to Woody "America's Favorite Son"

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Stout performs in schools across Pennsylvania teaching students with his songs about the forgotten unsung heroes of history. They are people who fought for worker safety, the 8 hour work day, free speech, and freedom, but who are not mentioned in our school history books. They are working class organizers such abolitionist and renaissance man Martin Delany, the cotton mill women of the 1840’s, Crystal Eastman, Fannie Sellins, the workers of the Pressed Steel Car Strike in McKees Rocks, the union organizers of the New Deal, Father Charles Owen Rice, Captain Sean (George.) and the resisters of the plant shutdowns in the 1980’s. His message is that we should not take for granted the rights that they won for us.





As a union leader and social activist Mike Stout has fought for improved worker safety and came to the aid of the unemployed by founding food banks and economic development councils. As an environmentalist he works to educate the public on the dangers of global warming and fracking. Mike was one of the founding members of Pennsylvanians United For Single-Payer Healthcare (PUSH) that has been in the forefront in the fight for single-payer, universal healthcare. In Pittsburgh Stout fought the closing of the Braddock Hospital and successfully stopped the closing of trolley stops used by the elderly.
In 2007 the Pennsylvania Labor and History Society presented Mike Stout with the Mother Jones Award for his efforts as a social leader and as a performer who uses music to bring about change.

Mike was a blue collar steel worker and a union leader. Mike tells stories from his heart about people who are affected by unemployment, social injustice, environmental hazards, or war. Mike is not out to be a rich rock star. As he’s stated on numerous occasions,“the kind of ‘change’ I’m interested in ain’t coins or money, but social movements.”

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Make the Candidates first debate democracy

Mike Stout
Lester Holt, first debate moderator
At the upcoming presidential debate, ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump what they’ll do to make our democracy represent all of us.
Signed,
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Sign the Petition
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How this will help
Throughout this polarizing election, Americans of all political stripes have been able to agree on one thing: our democracy should work for everyone, not just a few wealthy special interests.
Sadly, the media is ignoring the 84% of Americans who think money has too much influence in politics and missing a vital opportunity to hold candidates accountable for how they'd restore balance to our political system.
All that could change if NBC's Lester Holt, who will moderate the first presidential debate, uses his platform to focus on the issue that huge majorities of voters across the political spectrum are prioritizing. The first debate ought to be focused on how we can build a democracy where everyone has a voice.

Votes1 DateSep 14, 2016

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*Music

Blue and Green in Black & White

Mike Stout
On his upcoming release, Blue and Green in Black & White, Mike Stout's true blue-collar rock anthems tell the many trials and triumphs of the working class, while his greener tunes highlight the turbulent turn our environment has taken at the hands of capitalism and corporate greed.
On Saturday, October 8 we'll celebrate the release of the new album,with a special performance by Mike Stout & The Human Union, and opening act Abafasi, an African-American women's percussion ensemble.
Catch the show on
Saturday, October 8 at 8pm
Letter Carrier’s Union NALC 84
841 California Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Tickets are on sale now at www.theunionedge.com/events
or call 724-787-5890 to order
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or learn more about becoming a sponsor.
All advance ticket orders receive a free copy of the new album!
See you then!
Solidarity,

Votes1 DateAug 31, 2016

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Mike Stout and the Human Union

Mike Stout
You are cordially invited to an acoustic evening with:
Mike Stout and the Human Union
Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm
Point Breezeway Café, 7113 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA
Featuring:
Laura Daniels – Keyboard
Kevin McDonald – Guitar
Dave McLaughlin – Violin/Fiddle
Dan Schlegel – Bass
PRICE: Whatever you can afford /or feel like contributing
Come hear original songs spanning 16 CDs, of Pittsburgh HistoryAnd the men and women who made our world a little better
If you have never heard us before Watch !!
Stand Together With Us

Votes9 DateNov 9, 2015

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*Earth

Film: Gaswork

Mike Stout
Film and Discussion on Worker Safety and HealthIn the Gas and Oil Industry
Friday, November 13, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Letter Carriers Union Hall
841 California Avenue, Pittsburgh Northside
Sponsored by: The Union Edge
Pittsburgh Branch, IWW
Film: Gaswork
Documentary featuring Interviews with Whistle-blowers
Who work(ed) for the Gas & Oil industry in PA, who are forced to work 14-16 hour days, with no safety and health,
No Union, and no compensation for those killed and maimed.
Many of our labor unions support the jobs created by this industry, while many environmentalists sound the alarm about the damage being done to our air and water. Many want both jobs AND a clean environment.
All agree that the safety and health of the workers is of primary importance.
The workers interviewed in the film will be present for the discussion.
PLEASE JOIN US! It is time to bring our movements together!

Votes2 DateOct 29, 2015

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*Earth

A Very Crude Technology

Mike Stout
Jessica Ernst
http://www.jessicaernst.com
Multi-Million Dollar Landmark North American Lawsuit on Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Impact on Groundwater. Suit accuses EnCana, Alberta Environment and Energy Resources Conservation Board of negligence and unlawful activities. Case presented at the United Nations in New York.
On April 27, 2011 lawyers representing Jessica Ernst, a 54-year-old oil patch consultant, released a 73-page statement of claim that alleges that EnCana broke multiple provincial laws and regulations and contaminated a shallow aquifer used by a rural community with natural gas and toxic industry-related chemicals.
The claim methodically reports how Alberta’s two key groundwater regulators, Alberta Environment and the ERCB, “failed to follow the investigation and enforcement processes that they had established and publicized.” The ERCB recently gave EnCana permission to drill and fracture more CBM wells above the base of groundwater protection near the affected water wells mentioned in this claim.
Jessica Ernst has been invited to present her story and make recommendations to governments at the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York. The claim represents assertions that have not yet been proven in court. All defendants will have the opportunity to respond in these proceedings.
CORRESPONDENCE
Ever hear of “The Woodlands” north of Pittsburgh?
Subject: Underfunded Woodlands Water Bank Closed
A local water bank in Butler County serving 40 families who lost their water after REX Energy began drilling for natural gas had to close their doors last week because donations dropped off. Below is a Letter to the Editor that a Butler resident wrote explaining the situation. Please post and share widely. They are without potable water.
Thanks,
Michele
Here is the letter.
Woodlands Revisited
"Imagine the following scenario: due to an unspecified natural disaster, 40 families in the Adams/Middlesex Township area of Butler County are left without potable drinking water. How long do you think it would take local, county and state agencies to step in and remedy that situation? You can bet that action would be swift.
But let's imagine the unthinkable. Let's imagine that four years had passed and nothing had been done to return fresh, clean drinking water to these families. What would be happening then? The public outrage from local residents would be deafening. Donations from churches and businesses from around the county and beyond would be pouring in. No doubt millions of dollars would be raised to help these families. And the recent battle cry "Where's Our Water?" would take on a greater and deeper significance.
Such a natural disaster has indeed occurred in Butler County. Forty families in Connoquenessing Township are without potable drinking water. Duquesne University professor John Stolz has determined, through lengthy and ongoing research, that some sort of geological disruption (we needn't speculate on what caused the geological disruption) has caused toxic substances from old coal mines in the area to flow into the groundwater of the Woodlands neighborhood, contaminating the domestic water supplies of 40 families in that neighborhood. And yes, the unthinkable has happened: some of these families have been without fresh, clean drinking water for four years. Please pause in your reading and imagine that daily reality for four years if you can.
So. Where is the large-scale public outrage? Where are the millions of dollars in donations? Non-existent. A small handful of churches and businesses -- a miniscule percentage of the churches, businesses and faith-based organizations in Butler County -- have reached out to help these people. One church in the area set up a "water bank" where these families could come and receive bottled water for their daily needs -- only a small percentage of what the Red Cross estimates is necessary for optimum human survival.

And on Aug. 24, that water bank was forced to close its doors due to a drastic fall-off in donations.
Which leads one to ask: why are so many churches and businesses reluctant to lend aid to these needy families? The answer seems obvious. Early on in the Woodlands saga, the drilling industry was implicated as a plausible culprit in the contamination of these water wells. Using incomplete water test data (the infamous Suite Code 942), PA DEP exonerated the drillers from any culpability. County and local officials proffered a few totally inadequate remedies, then walked away and left residents to fend for themselves.
But the sociological damage had been done. The drillers had been implicated, and we all know that nobody wants to get involved in controversies involving the drillers: the "goose that lays the golden eggs" -- it's bad for business! So churches and businesses have turned away in droves from this drama of human suffering occurring in our own back yard. If it had been a flood or tornado that had caused this suffering, relief aid would have been sudden and swift. Four years later, these families would have had fresh clean water for the past three years at least, instead of having gone without it for four. But because the drillers were implicated early on, businesses and churches don't want to get involved.
Butler County communities pride themselves in being "Christian communities." I'd like to appeal to that Christian spirit now. Stop worrying about whether or not you're going to offend "the goose that lays the golden eggs"! These are HUMAN BEINGS we're talking about here! Human beings who have gone without fresh drinking water for FOUR YEARS! THINK about that! Think about it and open your wallets, give of your time, do whatever it takes to make sure these people have clean water. It DOESN'T MATTER how it happened! It does and it doesn't; like so much else in this sad chapter of our regional history, it will no doubt all be sorted out in the courts eventually.
But for now, these people need our help. Jesus said: "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me." Don't tell Jesus: "Those people have always had bad water! They're just trying to get something for nothing! They deserve to suffer!" None of that is true. After four years, you should know better. Please help these people. Donations can be made at the Water for Woodlands website or through White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church in Renfrew. Shame on us all if this situation goes on for one more year without a viable permanent solution being in place or well underway!"
Joseph P. McMurry
White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church
102 Shannon Rd.
Renfrew, PA 16053
724-789-7145
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“The end of Fossil Fuel Man” by Mike Stout

Votes1 DateSep 17, 2015

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*Earth

Bob Donnan Report: Getting Dumped On

Mike Stout
Those of us living in Washington County, Pa have been getting dumped on for decades since the Arden Landfill accepts garbage from places as far away as New York City. Counties in eastern Ohio share a similar fate with fracking wastewater hauled in from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states for injection well disposal. What comes around goes around, eh?
Arden now accepts radioactive drilling & fracking waste too!
The old saying goes “misery loves company.” But the misery we share with our neighbors in Ohio goes much deeper than that. While we Pennsylvanians have drilling and fracking regulated by the DEP (aka “Don’t Expect Protection”), in Ohio they have the ODNR which has earned similar derisive monikers.
Yesterday, Ron rode north with me on a 282-mile roundtrip to Ashtabula County, Ohio for a 2-1/2 hour public forum on injection wells in Ohio. It was hosted by a township manager’s association and included a group of township trustees (called supervisors or councilmen here in Pa.)
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OHIO INJECTION WELLS FOR O&G WASTEWATER
The meeting included a very interesting array of speakers who are officials. The county Recorder of Deeds had some very interesting comments about how drillers can ‘flip’ leases to other companies without even notifying the landowner. She said it is also extremely difficult to clear a deed held by a gas lease, especially when you don’t even know which company currently holds it after it has been flipped.
My summary:
Ohio citizens face similar or worse problems than we have in Pennsylvania when it comes to any real regulation of the oil and gas industry. Back in 2004 and 2010, Ohio had most of their O&G zoning gutted by a Bill passed by their state legislature. It sounds similar to what Texas recently passed to remove local control and what would have been the result here in Pennsylvania if Act 13 hadn’t been challenged and modified.
In the “Believe it or Not” category this is how Act 13 was written
So now you have the entire eastern side of Ohio (along the border with Pa.) covered with over 200 injection wells in 36 Ohio counties. While our open-air waste pits are still an oddity to some of the Ohio residents I spoke with, they are no strangers to the convoys of insufficiently placarded wastewater tankers hauling radioactive Marcellus Shale fluids into their state for disposal. Many of these injection wells are operated by small “Mom & Pop” style operations.
If I weren’t already so familiar with this “stranger than fiction” story I would be even more alarmed by the lack of regulation and oversight of these disposal wells. As their emergency services director said, they have clear and annually reviewed criteria of what emergency responders should do in the event of an escaped lion, but NOTHING on disposal wells!
Poster at last evening’s public forum
It was well worth (no pun intended) the 5 hours of driving and better part of my day to learn more about what our neighbors in Ohio are facing. As one speaker commented last evening, if their local citizens knew how critical this issue was with over 46-million gallons of radioactive waste already injected under Ashtubula County, that 400-seat high school auditorium would have been packed instead of being so sparsely populated.
OHIO CLASS II INJECTION WELL STATUS
Source: ODNR
Active injection: 202
Drilled or drilling: 17
Wells permitted: 22
Plugged or abandoned: 0
In a similar sense, Pennsylvanians are unaware or don’t care about millions of pounds of radioactive drilling waste now going into over two dozen landfills in our Commonwealth, with nearly a dozen in our part of western Pennsylvania. It is showing up in creeks like Blacklick and Ten Mile. Radium 226 is water soluble and has a half-life of 1,600 years!
This graphic illustrates how much fracking waste went
into the Westmoreland Landfill during 2014
So here is the complete video of last night’s meeting. It is viewable now but the quality will improve once YouTube finishes processing it in another hour or two (click the small gear at the bottom of the screen to change the viewing resolution). If you appreciate seeing this video don’t forget to give it a thumbs-up vote!
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SPILLING IS JUST THE BEGINNING

Votes2 DateAug 6, 2015

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Fight for Clean Water

Mike Stout
Finding out what’s in Ten Mile Creek
Two men. One coal-ash dump. No answers.
Story by Natasha Khan
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Concerns about the environment and public health have not been quelled by the state environmental agency or by radiation results from university researchers.
By Natasha Khan | PublicSource | July 31, 2015
State officials tested for radioactivity in a major tributary to the Monongahela River, as well as discharge water from an abandoned mine that flows into it, after significant rainfall in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
That led environmental groups who repeatedly asked the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the investigation to question whether the agency purposefully tested Ten Mile Creek after June’s heavy rains, which could have diluted the pollution.
“DEP’s recent sampling of Ten Mile Creek flies in the face of common sense and reveals a disturbing lack of seriousness that is dismissive of the community in Greene County and the significance of this situation,” Patrick Grenter, executive director of the Center for Coalfield Justice in nearby Washington County, wrote in an email.
On June 22 and 23, department officials tested the creek — which feeds into a major source of drinking water for the Mon Valley — the inactive Clyde Mine discharge near Clarksville, and the Tri County Municipal Water Authority downstream from the discharge.
The creek water was flowing about 10 and six times more than the normal rate for those days, respectively, according to historical U.S. Geological Survey water data.
The DEP declined to answer questions about why officials tested on those days in late June.
High water levels
The United States Geological Survey [USGS] data for Ten Mile Creek show that the water’s median flow rate on the days the Department of Environmental Protection tested — June 22 and 23 — was 333.5 cubic feet per second and 149 cubic feet per second, respectively.
The USGS data show the median flow rates in the creek for the past 68 years is 32 cubic feet per second for June 22 and 25 cubic feet per second for June 23.
The flow, or discharge, rate is the volume of water that passes a given location within a given period of time.
“We are not responding to questions regarding the [Ten] Mile Creek sampling until we see the lab results and [have] had an opportunity to analyze them,” said John Poister, a DEP spokesman. “We do not want to speculate on any aspect of the project at this time. Nothing is set in stone regarding this project—and if the results indicate we need to take further steps, we will.”
The department expects results from these samples at the end of August, Poister said.
Ken Dufalla, local chapter president of the Izaak Walton League conservation group in Greene County, called the testing a joke. “We are not going to accept these results.”
Initial DEP water sampling from the creek and mine discharge from April 2014 showed high levels of radioactive materials and other chemicals typically related to Marcellus Shale drilling operations.
More than a year later, in early June, the DEP said it would more thoroughly test the water, sediment and fish to evaluate the scope of the problem and whether it could be a public health concern. It said it would also try to determine whether the pollution could be coming from shale gas drilling.
Test results released last week from West Virginia University’s Water Research Institute show radiation levels in the creek and mine discharge were below federal limits for safe drinking water, according to director Paul Ziemkiewicz. Those samples were taken on June 25.
Experts’ take
Three water quality experts told PublicSource that high water flow in the creek those June days would dilute the water and affect the detection of chemicals, but that rainfall would likely leave the Clyde Mine discharge unaffected.
And it’s the Clyde Mine discharge that could be the source of possible radioactive pollution in the creek, one expert said.
“That should really be the focus,” said Avner Vengosh, a geochemist at Duke University.
How can drinking water with radionuclides affect your health?
Radionuclides, including radium, uranium, and gross alpha, are radioactive elements that can occur naturally in the environment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people who drink water containing those elements over many years may have an increased risk of cancer. Drinking water with uranium over the long term may also result in kidney issues.
The initial sampling the DEP did on the mine discharge and the creek in April 2014 showed high levels of radionuclides, including radium 226 and radium 228, and bromides in the abandoned Clyde Mine discharge water.
These chemicals are not typical of what you’d see in coal mine discharges, but rather are common in fracking wastewater, water quality experts said .
Vengosh’s research group also tested the Clyde Mine discharge in June for radioactive elements and other chemicals associated with Marcellus Shale, but decided not to test the creek because of the rain.
Vengosh said he has doubts about the other test results and he expects his group’s results to bring a clearer picture of how much radioactive material is present, where it’s coming from and how it could be affecting the creek.
Poister, the DEP spokesman, said the department used an inexpensive testing method called gamma spectroscopy for its 2014 sampling, but will use more precise methods following EPA standards for analyzing its June samples.
The results released by the West Virginia researchers have been interpreted in different ways by media and the gas industry, depending on which radiation readings they focused on. The WVU results show most radionuclides were detected at levels well below federal safe drinking water limits, but shows one, gross alpha, close or at the limit, which could indicate there is a larger contamination problem.
Energy in Depth, a gas industry public relations website, and other local media focused on the low levels of radionuclides detected, while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the WVU data indicates there is evidence of radiation in Clyde Mine likely linked to past dumping of shale gas wastewater.
The WVU researchers sent its samples to a certified lab in Greensburg, Pa., that used EPA-approved methods for the analysis, Ziemkiewicz said.
Follow what’s happening at Ten Mile Creek
He said the tests did show higher-than-normal levels of bromides, a salt associated with the Marcellus Shale, coming from the Clyde Mine. This could still be an indicator that shale water is present, Ziemkiewicz said.
When mixed with chlorine at a drinking water treatment facility, bromides can create carcinogenic chemicals called trihalomethanes. The Tri County Municipal Water Authority, one of the DEP’s June sampling sites, has exceeded safe drinking water limits of these chemicals numerous times in recent years.
If the new testing and research points to a problem with radiation or bromides in the creek, and they can prove it’s coming from the Marcellus Shale, then the big question becomes, ‘How is it getting there?’
That’s one of the most intriguing questions, Vengosh said.
Dufalla, of the Izaak Walton League, has speculated for years that it’s coming from someone illegally dumping fracking wastewater into abandoned coal mines in the area.
Regardless of what’s causing it, Vengosh said the main focus for regulators and scientists should be figuring out how the water discharging into the stream is affecting the environment and health of area residents.
Local school to test water
After PublicSource published a story on June 5 about possible radiation in Ten Mile Creek, a superintendent of a small rural school district in Washington County decided to have the water tested inside the schools.
Linda Marcolini, superintendent of the Bethlehem Center School District in Fredericktown, Pa., said tests for radiation and other chemicals will be done on the water inside the three buildings on the school district's campus.
"I'm trying to err on the side of caution," she said. "It may be nothing, but it may be something."
If the tests do show the presence of radiation or some chemicals, she said, “This might be a big thing down here.”
The water will be tested as a safety precaution, she said, for the 1,300 K-12 students who come from the boroughs of Beallsville, Centerville, Deemston, Marianna and East Bethlehem.
Marcolini said she has not received any calls from parents, but decided to set up the tests after learning about possible pollution in the creek.
The school gets its water from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority, located in Jefferson, Pa.
To reassure customers that the water is safe from radiation, plant manager Tom Goughenour said they are also testing the water at the authority for radionuclides.

Votes4 DateAug 4, 2015


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Keep More Than 170 Million Tons Of Coal in the Ground!

Mike Stout
Hi It is Mike Stout here:
I want to bring your attention to this petition here that we are asking you help with to sign....
Please if you want to help visit the link below and give your voice with your signature and support.
How this will help
The U.S. Forest Service is considering letting the second biggest coal company in the country bulldoze through thousands of acres of publicly-owned roadless forest so they can mine more than 170...
U.S. Forest Service
I oppose the Forest Service proposal to reopen the coal mining loophole in the Colorado Roadless Rule.
Expanding Arch Coal’s mine would provide access to 170 million tons of new coal with the potential to release up to 486 million tons of carbon pollution. In fact, your own analysis found that this carbon pollution could cause up to $13 billion in damage to the world’s economy and environment. In addition, the existing mine already releases millions of cubic feet of methane -- which is 86 times more damaging to our climate than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period -- directly into our atmosphere every day. Expanding the mine and building new methane well pads would only exacerbate the damage at a time when we can least afford it.
This plan is dangerously out of step with the critical goal of cutting U.S. carbon emissions by 26 percent in ten years as well as the president’s goal of reducing emissions from federal agencies by 40 percent in the same time period.
This loophole would also set the stage for up to 72 miles of road being bulldozed on 30 square miles of roadless forest, degrading habitat for black bear, elk, goshawk, lynx, and cutthroat trout.
Please protect our climate and this beautiful roadless forest by rejecting the coal mining loophole to the Colorado Roadless Rule.
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Votes1 DateDec 18, 2015


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