Utilities, Coal, and MTM: Et Tu Brute?

Now here’s an interesting twist, in light of the news that the Bush Administration is going to make it easier to do mountaintop mining near streams and dump debris into streams.

Before Valentine’s Day, 11 gold retailers including the largest retailer Wal-Mart, pledged support cleaner gold mining practices. That means supporting the halt of dumping mine waste into oceans, rivers, streams and lakes. According to No Dirty Gold, the group behind this effor, the 19 companies who support the Golden Rules represent about $12 billion in retail jewelry sales, or 22 percent of total jewelry sales in the United States. (Hat tip Switchboard)