Coal Industry Brewing Up Boycott Against Tennessee
Rob Perks on his blog at Switchboard, from NRDC reports,
The Associated Press is reporting on an issue I blogged last week — the boycott of Tennessee by coal companies, sparked by what the industry says is that state’s “hostility” toward mountaintop removal coal mining.
As the AP story explains, “angry” Appalachian coal miners are refusing to vacation in Tennessee because they’re upset that Republican Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) is co-sponsoring a bill — The Appalachia Restoration Act (S. 696) — that would effectively end mountaintop removal. This is the controversial mining that involves converting America’s oldest mountains into molehills — clearcutting forests, destroying valley streams and polluting drinking water in the process.
Sen. Alexander’s response, according to AP, is that Appalachia’s mountaintops should be preserved, not destroyed.
“Every year, millions of tourists come to Tennessee and spend millions of dollars to see our scenic mountaintops, not to see mountains whose tops have been blown off and dumped into streams.”
Much more in the article including a link to let Sen. Alexander know you appreciate his strong stance against Mountain Top Removal. I’ve let him know I appreciate it very much!
I wish Kentucky and Virginia would show as much guts instead of supporting coal against all common sense.
Sure it might help wean us off foreign oil, but blowing the tops off of mountains! Destroying mountains that have been on this planet longer than the Himalayas in a one shot deal that hurts the people who live there and their property, hurts air, water and animal habitats. I can not believe the propaganda going on!
I am not a big ‘global warming’ fan, but destroying mountains and polluting streams, headwaters, wildlife habitats, people’s property and homes … just not worth it.
Please see iLoveMountains.org for details. Oh, and it’s not ANTI-Patriotic to want to stop Mountain Top Removal!! Are they nutz or what?!