Mountain Removal Bill Dies

This is disappointing:

The bill, called the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act, was the focus of a spirited campaign by a fledgling group of church-going environmentalists, who joined other environmental groups in a bid to end mountaintop mining in East Tennessee.

Apparently my own state senator, Tommy Kilby, played a role in killing the Senate version.

I’m not anti-mining; I know how much we need coal. But I do think there are better ways to get it than blowing up mountains. I can only hope that a similar bill will be brought back in the next session.

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