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The environmental movement's campaign to save Dollywood and other tacky stuff in ugly Smoky Mountain tourist-trap towns is gaining momentum. As first reported here exclusively at Pith
, tree huggers are upset because the coal industry is boycotting Tennessee in retaliation for Lamar Alexander's sponsorship of legislation to ban mountaintop removal mining. So to retaliate against that retaliation, they've decided to come to Tennessee to make up for the lost revenue from the missing coal miners. Are you following this?
The Sierra Club
first urged its members to visit Tennessee, and now the Natural Resources Defense Council
has joined the call. The NRDC cleverly turned the coal industry boycott into an un-American attack on Dolly Parton, pointing out that she herself hails from the coalfields.
Well, that's fine. A handful of miners hell-bent on turning mountains into moonscapes may not visit Tennessee, but you can. Whether you're a fan of Dolly's or someone who believes that America's mountains are worth saving, NRDC urges you to show your love by showing Tennessee the money. Visit Dollywood...hike the Great Smokey Mountains...tour Graceland...hit Nashville's "music row"...there's so much to see and do! And after you visit, be sure to mail a postcard, your receipts or even ticket stubs to Sen. Lamar Alexander thanking him for all he's doing to protect the Appalachian Mountains for future generations of Americans.