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“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt, seventh annual message, 3 December 1907
"There is nothing like surface-mining to snatch the graces and beauties and benignities out of a paradise, and make an odious and repulsive spectacle of it."
---Mark Twain, Following the Equator
"Mining is like a search-and-destroy mission” --Stewart Udall, US Congressman, Secretary of the Interior