According to the EPA, mountaintop removal and mining leads to:
As for its effect on global warming specifically, it contributes to it in a lot of the ways you might expect: the massive vehicles needed to transport the detritus from mountains burn enormous amounts of fossil fuel, and coal is burned for power, both major causes of global warming.
Also, mountaintop mining causes heavy deforestation. Deforestation contributes to global warming because trees help reduce carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere, so when they are cut, they can no longer perform this function. Also, after mountaintop mining occurs, the land is left with soil that has coal fragments in it, which makes it difficult for trees and plants to start growing again in the area. Mountaintop mining currently accounts for between 7 and 17% of global warming pollution.
Mountain top removal happens to mine coal, and burning coal is a major course of the greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.
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