(H/T to Giant Political Mouse)
And in other Clinton-related news, someone recently had the nerve to ask her what she thought of mountain-top removal coal mining, which I blogged about here. You'd think this would be a no-brainer given that a) it utterly destroys mountains, valleys, entire ecosystems, and the health and homes of any humans living anywhere nearby, and b) it is almost entirely automated, resulting in a 90% decrease in mining jobs in West Virginia.
I am concerned about it for all the reasons people state, but I think its a difficult question because of the conflict between the economic and environmental trade-off that you have here.
I'm not an expert. I don't know enough to have an independent opinion, but I sure would like people who could be objective, understanding both the economic necessities and environmental damage to come up with some approach that would enable us to retrieve the coal but would enable us to do it in a way that wouldn't damage the living standards and the other important qualities associated with people living both under the mountaintop and people who are along the streams.
You know, maybe there is a way to recover those mountaintops once they have been stripped of the coal. You know, I think we've got to look at this from a practical perspective.
Aside from once again demonstrating her mastery of the art of political equivocation, she is, in fact, LYING when she says she doesn't know enough about it to form an opinion. Hillary Clinton has sat in on Senate Committee hearings on mountaintop removal since 2002, so she knows damned well what is going on here.
More on this nonsense later - gotta go to work.