Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rocky Top(less): Environmentalists Ask for Haslam's Help to Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I'm not in favor of mountaintop removal, OK? I'm not. But I'm also not willing to say that we're not going to mine coal in Tennessee anymore.

Tennessee environmentalists say that statement by Bill Haslam at a 2010 campaign debate means he's against blowing the tops off our mountains, and they're asking the governor to get behind their bill banning that devastating method of mining.

Hah! Don't they recognize BS when they hear it? Candidate Haslam obviously was trying to have it both ways on this issue. He was parroting the Republican Party line: Of course, he's against destroying our state's scenic heritage. (Who isn't?) But America needs coal and that bill from those wacky environmentalists would stop all coal mining in Tennessee. (Not.)

Even if Haslam lobbied for their bill, it wouldn't matter—not as long as Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey remains in charge of the Senate. As has been well-documented in the media, King Coal plays Ramsey like a slot machine.

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