Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mountain Top Mining vs. Tourism

On a recent round trip to Nashville to speak on a panel, I caught some disturbing images of "mountain top mining." Yup, it is legal in that beautiful state for a company to come in an just lop off the top of one of those beautiful, rolling hills. An industry that generates about 400 jobs in that state can ultimately decimate tourism, one of he state's largest.

There must be a better way to extract resources. The ultimate cost in lost tourism revenue in the future is something folks better think about...and the logic needs to be far more sophisticated than labeling anyone who raises concers a "tree hugger."

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