I’m personally most worried about water issues in Appalachia. Coal mining has been hugely damaging to water supplies through strip mining, mountain top removal, and fly ash containment structures, which can famously give way. You would think the Buffalo Creek disaster would make West Virginians more cautious, but most of the fly ash containment structures here haven’t had a safety inspection during the Bush administration.
At least the windmills don’t have great impact on ground water. Now, that clean burning natural gas T. Boone Pickens is bragging on–that uses immense amounts of ground water to extract gas, and leaves it contaminated with heavy metals, including radioisotopes.
It all ends up in somebody’s back yard, whether in impoverished rural America, Nigeria, China….We need to be concerned about everyone’s back yards.