Kathy Mattea sings at Kentucky rally against mountaintop mining

Again this year, for the fifth year in a row, there is a "stream saver" bill before the Kentucky General Assembly that would curtail mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky.

Again this year, for the fifth time, supporters of the bill showed up to listen to speakers condemn "mountain bombing." They marched from the Kentucky River bridge, circled the Capitol, then rallied on the front steps.

One organizer of the "I Love Mountains Day" rally joked that a clear sign of progress at Thursday's event was that twice as many legislators showed up. That would be four: one senator and three representatives. None predicted victory in turning the bill into a law. The coal industry has convinced most legislators that the bill would sharply drive up the price of coal, wrecking the state's economy and putting thousands of people out of work.

Read the full story at