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Kentucky Senate Candidate Rand Paul Wants To Rebrand Mountaintop Removal

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For years I spent my weekends and hard-earned cash in Kentucky (that’s a story for another time). I say that only to appease Rand Paul, who believes, “If you don’t live here, it’s none of your business.”

In an interview with Details magazine, Paul showcased some of his neoconservative views, including an “interesting” idea about mountaintop removal.

“I think they should name it something better,” Paul says. “The top ends up flatter, but we’re not talking about Mount Everest. We’re talking about these little knobby hills that are everywhere out here. And I’ve seen the reclaimed lands. One of them is 800 acres, with a sports complex on it, elk roaming, covered in grass.” Most people, he continues, “would say the land is of enhanced value, because now you can build on it.”

Whoa! Daryl Hannah would punch you in the stomach, dude.

Turns out, mountaintop removal is sort of a big deal. In fact, in the January 2010 issue of Science magazine, Dr. Margaret Palmer of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science says, “The scientific evidence of the severe environmental and human impacts from mountaintop mining is strong and irrefutable. Its impacts are pervasive and long lasting and there is no evidence that any mitigation practices successfully reverse the damage it causes.”

So…there’s that.

To read more of what Rand thinks about mountaintop removal, visit Details.com.

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