There are plenty of groups that oppose mountaintop removal coal mining, but not so many that reach across the aisles and into the chapels. But that's precisely what TN-LEAF -- Tennessee's Linquist-Environmental Appalachian Fellowship -- aims to do:
"Our message is simple," said Dawn Coppock legislative director of LEAF. "As Christians, we are told through scripture to enjoy and respect God's Creation. Blowing up mountains for an extremely small amount of coal forever damages God's handiwork, and we must put an end to it. Man should not permanently alter Creation. Only God should move mountains."
Senate sponsor Bill Ketron (R-13) was joined by House sponsors Rep. Bill Dunn (R-16) and Rep. Michael Ray McDonald (D-44) at the press event to show support for LEAF's effort and to address the significance of a bill that is drawing support from both sides of the political aisle. Sen. Doug Jackson (D-25) is also sponsoring the bill, but was unable to attend the press event.
Of course, it's not the very first time we've heard of such a thing. Around here, blogger Tri Robinson writes about it all the time. Some recent selections:
Just imagine if both the church and Oprah united against mountaintop removal mining. Yikes.