Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tennessee-Boycotting Kentucky Coal Co.: Nevermind

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 5:44 AM

click to enlarge Photographic approximation of coal industry boycott of Tennessee.
  • Photographic approximation of coal industry boycott of Tennessee.
TECO Coal, the Kentucky coal company that threw a hissy-fit -- whining, "We don't wanna play at your house anymore because you don't let us break your stuff," -- has relented. They will not, as it turns out, join the West Virginia coal industry's tantrum (boycott of Tennessee tourist destinations because Sen. Lamar Alexander sponsored a bill to place a federal ban on mountaintop removal mining).

The New York Times picked up on this silly little piece of interstate bitchery and called, in staid, gray-lady fashion, shenanigans on the coal industry.

To wit: "Coal mining is a relatively small industry in Tennessee, generating $67 million compared with tourism's $14.2 billion."

Translated: Relatively speaking, we get squat for letting you guys blow up our mountains. So, yeah, go ahead and insert those tourism dollars into the orifice of your choosing.

A TECO executive was quoted as saying, "We regret our previous action, which was an emotional response that doesn't benefit our 1,200 employees, the eastern Kentucky communities we support, the environment we work to protect or our neighbors in Tennessee."

Translated: Now that our temper-tantrum has been played out in the media, we realize we look like callous, plaintive douches. Our bad.

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