published Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Groups unite behind stopping Chinese from 'blowing up' Tennessee mountains

Tennessee Conservative Union ad

NASHVILLE — An environmental group is calling the Tennessee Conservative Union’s decision to back a law banning so-called mountaintop-removal coal mining a “game changer.”

But doing so, Appalachian Voices is playing down TCU’s decision in an ad to push it as a “save Tennessee mountains from Communist China” matter.

“Appalachian Voices doesn’t necessarily agree with every sentiment in this advertisement,” the group told supporters of the bill banning coal mining above 2,000 feet ban in an email blast today. “It doesn’t matter if somebody is from Beijing or Bristol, we don’t think they should be blowing up mountains.”

But the group said “we certainly don’t agree with the Conservatives Union on many important issues related to energy and the environment, but the fact that the Tennessee Conservatives Union is stepping up to stop mountaintop removal shows that the breadth of support for protecting Tennessee’s mountains ranges all the way from left-to-right, odd-to-even, and low-to-high.”

TCU Chairman Lloyd Daugherty announced Monday night that the group was launching a statewide media campaign in support of the ban. He charged a Chinese company was involved in purchasing a coal company in Tennessee.

“Every Tennessean, regardless of political affiliation, should be appalled by the idea of allowing the red Chinese to destroy the very mountains crossed by Daniel Boone,” Daugherty said.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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