In the final year of his remarkable life, Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving senator in U.S. history, did one more remarkable thing. He called for serious dialogue on coal, climate change, and the effects of mountaintop removal mining. "To deny the mounting science of climate change is to stick our heads in the sand and say 'deal me out,'" Byrd told his fellow West Virginians late in 2009. And on the EPA’s efforts to rein in the most egregious damage from mountaintop removal, he said, "West Virginians may demonstrate anger towards the EPA ... but we risk the very …
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