A Survey of Arguments Concerning Mountain Top Removal Mining

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A Survey of Arguments Concerning Mountain Top Removal Mining
There is an ongoing battle over the everlasting debate of mountain top removal mining. With every object at the center of a controversy there are bound to be many arguments by all sides. Most arguments are biased and others lack efficient sources or credibility to obtain a reasonable conclusion. This paper will dissect all angles of the meaningful arguments and help develop a conclusion on the aspects of mountain top removal mining and its effects to its surrounding environments.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span. And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales, And the hills in a balance? (Isaiah 40:12) Faith plays an important role in all controversy. Many people's beliefs are made entirely on there faith. So, why would this controversy be any different? Sharman Chapman Crane, a resident of Hale Gap, Virginia, is a prominent member of Mennonite Central committee of Appalachia. Spending all her life in this area she has seen the effects of mountain top removal mining and she will spend the rest of her life to stop it. She is not by far the only person that use faith as a catalyst for her objection of mountain top removal mining. The organization National Religious Partnership for the Environment spends there time developing ways to helping the environment, including preventing landfills, preserving wetlands, and changing mining procedures. “People of faith are thinking afresh about human place and purpose in the greater web of life,” says Paul Gorman, director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. “They are asking, What does it mean to be present in a crisis of God’s creation made by God’s children?” (Banerjee) Although, faith plays a significant role in some peoples objection to mountain top removal mining, it is not the only reason for their concerns.

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