Bush Administration Altered Appalachian Landscape

02/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There might not be a better place to contemplate the impact of President Bush's environmental legacy than Larry Gibson's mountain in southern West Virginia.

Gibson grew up there, and so did many of his ancestors. It used to be that if you stood at the edge of his property, all you'd see was Kayford Mountain.

"You could not see past this mountain because this was the highest," Gibson says.

It was 3,200 feet high at some points. But now Gibson is standing at 2,400 feet looking down.


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