Google teams with environmental group on mountaintop removal

By Scott Finn 

Environmental activists who are trying to stop mountaintop removal mining have a new ally – Appalachian Voices, a non-profit organization based in Boone, N.C., has teamed with Google Earth Outreach to launch a new tool. It allows people to type their zip code onto a web page and see their direct connection through their electricity to mountaintop removal coal. 

It’s part of a pilot project by Google Earth Outreach, the new philanthropic arm of Rebecca Moore of Google Earth Outreach says the new web tool grabs people’s attention in a new way. 

When you turn on your light switch, here are the mountaintops in Appalachia that were blown up, essentially, to provide the coal for your personal electricity,” Moore said.

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