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Because Sen. Lamar Alexander sponsored a bill that would prohibit mountaintop-removal mining, the West Virginia coal industry has stated they won't vacation here
Coal-Mac, a mining subsidiary of Evil Empire coal giant Arch Coal, claims the boycott will cost Tennessee 2,340 visitors. Now, let's think about this in terms of a cost-benefit analysis:
On the one hand, there's the threat of losing the potential tourism dollars of 2,340 coal industry people.
On the other hand, we have Appalachian deforestation, the irreversible alteration of ancient mountains, the burial and destruction of natural streams, increased waterborne pollutants and the loss of entire ecosystems. And, of course, I almost forgot to mention the aesthetic cost to one of our greatest tourist attractions: The Smokies.
So, yeah, I guess we can forgo the tourism dollars of 2,340 members of West Virginia's coal industry. I could also advise you on which orifice would best fit your money.