Great American Taxi debuts ‘Blair Mountain’ as free mp3, raising awareness of mountain ecology
Summer tour dates to feature special guests Todd Snider, Barry Sless, New Monsoon
LOS ANGLES, Calif. — For Great American Taxi and frontman Vince Herman, who grew up in West Virginia, fighting for social justice in Appalachia and calling for an end to mountaintop removal seems the natural thing to do. According to a recent studypublished last week in the journal Environmental Research, a “significantly higher” rate of birth defects exists in babies born near mountaintop removal mining sites than those in non-mining areas. Mountaintop removal mining is a particularly environmentally destructive type of resource extraction that involves using explosives to blow the tops off of mountains to! expose coal underneath the soil and rock.