The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold reports today the latest consensus proclamation from scientists (they are unified because the formerly mainstream media says they are), in which they announce that mountaintop coal mining must be ended. Also, because the FMSM says so, science is principled and has no other interests other than the purity and professionalism of their research:
The group, headed by a University of Maryland researcher, said it performed the most comprehensive study to date of the controversial practice, also known as “mountaintop removal.”
Afterward, they did something that scientists usually don’t: step beyond data-gathering to take a political stand.
“The science is so overwhelming that the only conclusion that one can reach is that mountaintop mining needs to be stopped,” said Margaret Palmer, a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences and the study’s lead author.
Mine rubble can have long-lasting effects on hydrologic processes and stream ecology, Margaret A. Palmer, a University of Maryland ecologist, told senators at the June hearing.
“There is no evidence to date that mitigation actions can compensate for the lost natural resources and ecological functions of the headwater streams that are buried,” says Palmer, whose work has been commissioned by environmental groups (emphasis mine).
Professional that he is, Fahrenthold did call a representative from the coal industry so he’d have something to put in his 9th paragraph:
Chris Hamilton of the West Virginia Coal Association disputed the report’s conclusions.
“It’s just flat-out wrong,” Hamilton said, adding that the “so-called lead scientists have a history of activism against mining.”
The scientists rejected that, saying that they brought no bias to the topic and that their conclusions had been rigorously reviewed by other researchers.
Yes indeed, the intrepid Fahrenthold had every reason to be shocked at the unusual move by Palmer to step beyond data-gathering. Breathtaking reporting, there.
Meanwhile, let’s enjoy the beauty that is the extraction of a natural resource that generates affordable electricity for all the earth’s citizens, rich and poor, who live in countries that are technologically advanced enough to access it:
And we might as well add this:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?