I grew up in the era of John Denver and one of his most famous songs, Rocky Mountain High, contained the words:
Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land
The year he wrote those words was 1972. I don't think he even knew at the time how far we would go as a nation in tearing down the mountains. We literally scrape the tops off and discard the tailings in the valleys and hollows. Below is a link with further details. This is so sad to me it seriously brings a tear to my eye. Read it and weep? Conserving electricity will help more...tons more!