Well, basically, the coal industry comes in and cuts all the trees off the top of the mountain, and most of the time they don't even use the trees. Then they set—they take bulldozers and scrape the wonderful topsoil from the top of the mountain, and then they drill holes and use ammonium nitrate, which Timothy McVeigh used in the Oklahoma City bombing, and they load those charges, and then they set a blast off. And it shakes the whole valley.It's little comments like that that brighten up the dull newscasts of Democracy Now! I like how the activist semi-subtly connects cigar chomping Big Coal capitalists to right-wing christian terrorists via a chemical compound. Now that I'm looking over that statement with this idea in mind, all I'm seeing are missed opportunities.
For instance, she missed a chance to compare the bulldozers the coal industry uses to the ones Israel uses to bowl over Palestinian shacks. Hello! That would have been a big winner with DN listeners. I'm sure it occurred to Amy Goodman as well, but she didn't want to say it and betray her objectivity on that issue.
In fact, the whole process of Mountaintop Removal Mining is eerily similar to how Galactus, The Ravager of Worlds, devours a planet. As a comic fan I'm upset that no one uses that.
Next time I'm describing someone I don't like, I'm going to connect them to McVeigh. "Yeah, Ryan. You know him? He drives a pickup truck just like Timothy McVeigh used in the Oklahoma City Bombing. Same make and model. Dude's an asshole."