Senate foes give mountaintop mining a pass

AP: Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are unwilling to blast the practice of mountaintop removal mining as the two rivals depict themselves as pro-coal in a state ranked third in the country in coal production. Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway characterize coal as a vital source of jobs and a key part of the nation's energy equation when questioned by The Associated Press about the highly efficient but highly destructive mining practice. Mountaintop removal is a form of strip mining......

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