A couple weeks back, I covered a new paper in Science that constitutes the most comprehensive survey yet of existing scientific data on mountaintop removal mining. The conclusions were so stark and, frankly, horrifying that the scientists involved went the unusual extra step of calling for an immediate moratorium on the practice.

Trust Stephen Colbert to take that horror and make it hilarious. Here he is with the lead author of the paper, Margaret Palmer:

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