President Barack Obama got an invitation from an unexpected source to fly over the Appalachian mountains to see for himself, “the rape of Appalachia.”
Actress Ashley Judd addressed a luncheon audience this week at the National Press Club, branding mountain-top mining as "the rape of Appalachia" and called for a national effort to halt it.
"Mountain-top mining would never happen in other mountains in the United States," she said, referring to the Rockies.
The actress expressed her deep concern at the deep well oil disaster in the Gulf but added that the many years of destruction of the mountains of Appalachia, "the oldest in North America and maybe the world," was worse and called on the press to make that known to the American people.
Asked what she would do to eliminate mountain top and strip mining, she summoned "the press, the press, the press." All this should be on the front pages and on newscasts, she said.