It turns out it's not just us TreeHuggers who vehemently oppose the Bush administration's proposed expansion of mountaintop coal mining: according to a new survey by the Opinion Research Corporation, fully 2 out of 3 Americans disagree with its plans "to ease environmental regulations to permit wider use of 'mountain top removal' coal mining in the U.S."
Other key findings of the national poll included the fact that close to 9 out of 10 Americans (88%) thought coal mines and mining practices should be made safer for miners and the environment and that more than 3 out of 4 (77%) thought the administration should focus first on energy conservation or waste management before resorting to more mountaintop removal.
"The lack of public support -- regardless of political views - for mountain top removal coal mining is one of the most striking results of this survey. Only about four in 10 self-identified Republicans support the proposed Bush Administration rule. The softness of this GOP support is evident in that two out of three Republicans -- 65 percent -- favor more energy conservation as a first step before more MTR coal mining is permitted. While Democrats may have a more predictable profile on this issue, it is worth nothing that Independents are about 50 percent less likely than Republicans to support the rule and far more likely to embrace increased energy conservation as a more palatable alternative," said ORC Senior Researcher Graham Rueber.
For a full list of the findings, check out the piece here. Now whether the Bush administration actually heeds the public's advice is a different story entirely, of course...
See also: ::Go Tell It on the Mountain