The Tennessee Conservative Union is launching a statewide media campaign in support of a bill banning “mountaintop removal” coal mining, warning the Volunteer State has “become the first state in America to permit a communist Chinese company to destroy our mountains.”
From Andy Sher’s report:
“The Tennessee Conservative Union is 100 percent Pro-Coal, but our organization does not support destroying our mountain heritage,” TCU Chairman Lloyd Daugherty “Mountaintop removal mining kills jobs because it takes fewer workers to blow up a mountain.”
The ad alludes to a Wall Street Journal MarketWatch article from last May which revealed that China-based Guizhou Gouchuang Energy Holdings Group said it had raised $616 million in a private placement to be used mainly to acquire and develop Triple H Coal Company in Jacksboro, Tenn.
That would make Guizhou Gouchuang the first Chinese company to invest in coal in America, MarketWatch reported.
It also quoted an unnamed top executive at Shenhua Group, a wholly state-owned Chinese company, saying Tennessee coal mines were attracting great interest in China as energy companies look at U.S. coal mines.
Note: TCU’s video ad on the issue is HERE.
The news release is below.
News release from Tennessee Conservative Union:
(March 18, 2012) The Tennessee Conservative Union, TN’s largest and oldest conservative group with over 12,000 members, announces the launch of a statewide media campaign supporting passage of a ban on mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR.) The 30-second spot features never before seen flyover footage of MTR sites in TN and exposes the fact that TN has become the first state in America to permit a communist Chinese company to destroy our mountains.
Members of the Tennessee General Assembly will be voting this Wednesday, March 20th on a piece of legislation called the “Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act” a ban that would prevent high-elevation surface mining on peaks above 2000′ in Tennessee.
The ad references the fact that for 6 years the state legislature has failed to pass a ban on the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining – a method of coal extraction where the tops of mountains are blasted off by high powered explosives and hauled off by large earth moving equipment.
“The Tennessee Conservative Union is 100% Pro-Coal, but our organization does not support destroying our mountain heritage.” said TCU Chairman Lloyd Daughetry “Mountaintop removal mining kills jobs because it takes fewer workers to blow up a mountain.”
The ad also references reports that Tennessee has become the first state in the US to permit a Chinese owned company to purchase mineral rights and extract TN coal. Triple H Coal Company, based out of Jacksboro, TN was reported to have been acquired by Guizhou Gouchuang Energy Holdings Group on May 7, 2012.
“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.” said Daughtery. “We are calling on elected officials of both parties to stand up for Tennessee’s mountains and against the exploitation of our resources by a communist country. Tennessee is a proud red state, but the Tennessee Conservative Union is not willing to go that red.”