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Verizon Supports Big Coal and Mountain Top Removal

Verizon Supports Big Coal and Mountain Top Removal

For a company that claims to be environmentally friendly, the phone service provider Verizon sure has a strange way of showing it.

The company as a whole is sponsoring a “Friends of America” rally that is being organized by Massey Energy, one of the most belligerent big coal companies in the nation. This “patriotic” rally will be held on Labor Day and will feature conservative pundit Sean Hannity, right-wing rocker Ted Nugent and climate denier Lord Christopher Monckton, science adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy, issued his invitation to the rally via a YouTube video in which he said:

“Hello I’m Don Blankenship and I’d like to invite you to a Labor Day rally in West Virginia. We’re going to have Hank Williams and have a good time but we’re also going to learn how environmental extremists and corporate America are both trying to destroy your jobs.”

Over 25,000 people have already RSVPed to attend this political event to promote climate change denial and mountaintop removal mining.

It is time to STAND UP and let these big corporations know that we can see right throught their greenwashing and their shady marketing tactics.

Your help is needed to tell Verizon Wireless to hang up on anti-environmental extremists like Massey Energy.
Tell Lowell McAdam, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless to issue a public apology and immediately withdraw all support from this extremist, anti-environment rally. Please contact Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam and tell him to drop Verizon’s sponsorship of the “Friends of America” rally.

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7:07PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

6 months ago I changed from Verizon to Sprint. At the time, I wasn't aware of this situation with the coal. I switched because Verizon has gone from being customer oriented to being money grubbing corporate fools. They cut my friend's service right before Christmas, even after she begged them to wait until the 20th when she'd be able to pay on her bill. Then I learned how they got out of paying their fair share of taxes. I just gets worse and worse.

5:27AM PDT on Sep 15, 2009

Time to change from Verizon unless they stop this right now

12:47PM PDT on Sep 8, 2009

HELLO? There is no such thing as "Clean Coal". It is not possible!

3:54AM PDT on Sep 8, 2009

One of the most important reasons to stop using coal is the methylmercury that coal-burning power plants put into our air, our water and our food (notably fish.) Methylmercury easily crosses biologic membranes and enters our fat and brain tissue, where it interferes with protein synthesis. Here's a link to further info: http://www.ehponline.org/press/042105.html
Verizon is supposed to be all about the future, so remind them that brain-damaged children will be unable to use their products.

9:56AM PDT on Sep 7, 2009

Tomorrow is the day to cancel your Verizon. Loss of funds always makes big corporations think twice about their actions.
Gayle

5:45PM PDT on Sep 6, 2009

Anyone that supports the distruction of our lands and wild life condemns life in general. Coal is a toxic contaminant to our lands and our water ways, as well as the air we breathe. Coal companies have for to many years took lives and distroyed water ways and land for profit. Isn't it time for us to take a stand against this abuse? Men have lost their lives in the coal mines for centuries and also from black lung disease. No company has taken responsibility for anything.

2:06AM PDT on Sep 6, 2009

I had to laugh. This is probably an even bigger PR blunder than back when Verizon tried to bully VOIP companies out of business. You would think they would learn! Its really sad in some ways too because with out Verizon, Comcast has no real competition, a whole other issue but one that needs to be looked at. I will definitely be passing this information along.

5:57PM PDT on Sep 5, 2009

Jerilyn C. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. You aren't alone, that's for sure. Good luck, and to hell with Verizon.

5:49PM PDT on Sep 5, 2009

I have had nothing but horrible service from Verizon since I first signed up with them, and I was already planning on switching to a different phone company soon. Reading this article makes me even happier about ditching them once and for all.

10:31AM PDT on Sep 4, 2009

There are companies that will buy out your verizon contract you don't have to wait till it expires. CREDO mobile check with them.

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