Residents in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia are
proposing an innovative alternative to the mountain-top removal and
strip-mining that threatens 10 square miles of the Appalachian Mountains. The Coal River Wind Project, a community-based
movement, would stop the proposed coal extraction and create a wind farm
instead. While the economy depends heavily
on coal, advocates say that the wind farm would provide more jobs in the long
run, generate enough energy for 150,000 homes, allow for mountain tourism and
sustainable forestry, and protect the community from the dangers of coal
mining.

Creative Commons image: "An Alternative Vision for Coal River Mountain" by ilovemountains.org on Flickr.