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Pith naturally assumed Zach Wamp was talking out his ass
the other day when he said coal mining is good for the birds. But perhaps because of a lack of familiarity with the wacky Wampster, Anne Paine took him seriously and she checked out his claim
When that pesky Paine started asking Wamp to explain himself--surprise!
--he was forced to admit he didn't actually mean what he said. Wamp now says he was talking about mine reclamation. That's what good for the birds, not blowing the tops off mountains. When coal companies clean up the messes they created in the first place, that's good for the environment.
OK but even then, ornithologists tell Paine, Wamp's still full of it. Coal mining tears up bird habitat. That's bad for birds, no matter how you slice it. Tennessee Ornithological Society President Richard Preston wrote a letter to Wamp to express distress over his comments.
Wamp must be pleased. While he may have lost the birdwatcher vote with this little contretemps, he's riding even higher with his target demographic--right-wing loons. (Pun intended. Get it?) Ronald Reagan was constantly saying dumb things
about the environment, among other topics. Remember this one? "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do." Or how about this gem? "A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?" Wamp is Reaganesque!