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The Sufferings

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President Obama recently toured the Gulf to see firsthand the massive oil spill that has been plaguing us for more than a month now. He also convened a long press conference about the spill. We see coverage of the spill at the top of the news, often accompanied by a live shot of the oil pumping out into the ocean from a camera situated a mile below the surface. I can’t imagine the president doing a flyover of a mountaintop removal site, or holding a press conference about it.And I’ve certainly never seen a mountain blown up on national television—not even once, much less every morning on the Today show.Yet I would venture to say that mountaintop removal (MTR) is as devastating as the oil spill in the Gulf. I don’t mean to compare suffering.What I’m saying is actually the opposite of comparison: they’re equally as bad, yet everyone is outraged about the spill while very few people even know about MTR.Both the oil spill and MTR are environmental, cultural, economic, and healt…