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Debate Over Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Set for Tonight

January 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

In a much-anticipated televised event, this Thursday Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will debate Don Blankenship about the future of coal and the practice of mountaintop removal mining. Kennedy is the chief litigator for imagesthe Waterkeeper’s Alliance, an environmental group; Blankenship is CEO of Massey Energy, a coal producer recently threatened with a lawsuit for EPA violations.

The debate will be moderated by University of Charleston President Ed Welch and is expected to have a considerable impact on public opinion.

Blankenship, who made Rolling Stone’s recent list of “Climate Killers,” has gone on record saying, “I don’t deny the science behind global warming, I deny that there is any science.”

You can listen to the debate on West Virginia Public Radio starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, or watch it on television stations WOWK, WBOY, WTRF and WVNS, or on their Web sites:,,, and



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