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America the Beautiful?
Country music legend Willie Nelson is joining the fight in Congress to protect Appalachian communities from the impacts of the devastating mining practice of mountaintop removal. In a new music video that depicts mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia and their ruinous consequences, the American icon sings "America the Beautiful" to highlight opposition to giving coal companies free rein to blast the tops off mountains and dump dangerous pollution into surrounding streams and creeks. Act now: tell your Representative to vote NO on more Appalachian destruction.

Read the press release here.

Mountaintop Removal

The Appalachian Mountains inspire wonder, reverence and awe. Many of the nation's magnificent rivers flow from them, providing millions of Americans with clean drinking water. Their majestic vistas nourish our spirits and connect us with nature. It's no wonder that these crown jewels have inspired musicians for generations, whether they're playing bluegrass, country or rock-and-roll.

Today, the Appalachians are being ravaged by the most destructive form of coal mining ever devised. Companies are blowing entire mountaintops to smithereens to get at the thin seams of coal below. Already 500 peaks have been leveled, wide swaths of forests have been clearcut, miles of streams have been destroyed or polluted, and countless communities have been harmed by the hunger for fossil fuel.

With the future of America's oldest mountains at stake, singers and musicians are coming together to say "enough is enough." They are joining together to fight for these cherished mountains, where American music was born and which so many songs celebrate.


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Emmylou Harris

We must join together with one voice to send the message that we will not sit idly by while our mountains and our inspiration are being blown apart. Together, our music can save mountains.

www.emmylouharris.com/



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Sheryl Crow

This particularly bad form of mining literally uses dynamite to blow the tops off of mountains. They call this mountain top removal and it is destroying some of the most beautiful places in the United States, including here in Tennessee where I live. I think it is a crime against nature.

www.sherylcrow.com

Big Kenny

The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains has inspired countless songs in country, bluegrass, gospel and folk music, and we must do everything possible to protect them.

bigkenny.tv/



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It's really important and it's very well-hidden and we're all a part of it when we turn our light switches on.

Check out Still Moving Mountains, featuring Kathy Mattea and many more.

www.mattea.com/



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Tift Merritt

Mountain top removal is heartbreaking, harrowing and unnecessary. What is happening to the Appalachian Mountains and its citizens should make activists of us all.

www.tiftmerritt.com/


Michelle Branch

Save our Appalachian Mountains. Stop mountaintop removal and move to clean energy. We can do it!

www.michellebranch.com/

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Ben Sollee

Mountaintop removal is taking a big toll on the Appalachian region. In the end we're losing a tremendous, beautiful asset to our world.

Learn more about Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee's new album about mountain top removal, "Dear Companion"

www.bensollee.com/

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Gloriana

Anyone who enjoys country music should appreciate where it originated - in the hollows and on the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. Anyone who loves the music should join us in saving these mountains.

www.gloriana.com/

Appalachia is one of the most vibrant and beautiful areas in the country. We can't allow the greed of Mountaintop Removal to destroy it forever.

www.davematthewsband.com/



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The systematic destruction of the Appalachian mountains for coal mining needs to stop immediately. There are many other ways to mine coal without blasting away the scenic mountaintops that can never be replaced.

www.jamesotto.net/

Like Woodie Guthrie sang, this land belongs to you and me. That includes the Appalachians. We can't let coal companies go on tearing down our mountains and tearing up our American heritage.

www.justintownesearle.com/

Our people, our mountains and our waters are far too important to be sacrificed for something a short-sighted as mountaintop removal. Let's come together and find a better way forward.

Learn more about Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee's new album about mountain top removal, "Dear Companion"

www.danielmartinmoore.com/

What is happening to the Appalachian Mountains is horrible but even worse is what mountaintop removal is doing to the people who live in those communities. We can have coal mining without destroying our natural and national heritage.

www.naomijudd.com/

2/3 Goats

2/3 Goat

Now is the time to stand, before our homeland is gone. In a Greenpeace documentary about civil disobedience protests against coal fired power plants entitled "The Real McCoys," which features my parents, my father says, "We're a throwaway culture. We're being sacrificed for what the mountains can give to the rest of the nation." I couldn't agree more. I'm not only proud of my Appalachian heritage, but also very proud of my most immediate family members for standing up and speaking for their area and ultimately for the world.

Listen to songs from 2/3 Goat's new album.

Jill Andrews

Jill Andrews

Mountains are part of our natural landscape here in America. Once they are gone, they are gone forever, and with them goes many species of plants and animals that all have their special place here in the environment. Mountain Top Removal is very unnecessary and very destructive. We should demand alternatives to this method.

Donna Beasley

Donna Beasley

I was born and raised in the Smoky Mountains, in Sevierville, TN, I am very concerned about the preservation of the natural beauty of my birthplace, from both mining and other commercial concerns. My music reflects what the mountains mean to me and I fear that future generations will blame us rather than thank us for our stewardship.

Michelle Belanger

Michelle Belanger

We don't need to keep blowing up these beautiful and ancient mountains to light and heat our homes and businesses. The people of those communities deserve better than to have their homeland must be sacrificed for us to have electricity.

Penny Jayne Black

Penny Jayne Black

As a child I fell in love with Country music. To me the Appalachian mountains represent beauty, joy and peace , something to be proud of, something sacred to cherish, and something definately worth singing about.

David Bragg

David Bragg

As a West Virginia musician and teacher, I have a vested interest in the future of the Mountain State and its children. As long as coal companies put their profit margins before the safety, health and well-being of the people who inhabit this amazing land, West Virginia can never truly prosper.

Slinky Cobblestone

Slinky Cobblestone

The mountains of Appalachia are the life-force of a never-ending chain of living systems that we as people depend upon. Mountaintop removal exists today only because a small number of people have decided to give you cheap electricity, while taking away your free clean air and water. The alternatives are here now, and more will come to light, as we shift toward new social systems that promote life.

Listen to his song against mountaintop removal, "Miner's Son".

Mike Cullison

Mike Cullison

I detest the destruction of our environment in the guise of prosperity. The solution to mountaintop removal requires solutions that take us beyond business as usual.

Deep River

Deep River

Here in Ashville, North Carolina our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains have escaped the horrors of mountaintop removal. We mourn for our friends and neighbors to the north who are losing their beloved Appalachians.

Gabe Dixon

Gabe Dixon

I have enjoyed the beauty of the Appalachian mountains since I was a kid and I want the same for my children and theirs. When a mountain is destroyed, it's gone forever. We have to stand up to protect what is left of these living treasures! We have to move to clean energy!

Mark Donham

Mark Donham

Mountaintop removal coal mining is destruction that cannot be undone. You can't put back a mountain, when it's been blown away, and dumped into a valley - the dirty black coal hauled away.

Derek Evans

Derek Evans

I find the idea of mountaintop removal criminal. This country is beautiful and if we continue to shy away, there will be nothing left for our children, children's children, and so on. Let's not be the cause, let's become the solution.

Watch Derek Evans sing 'Audio Readers'.

Tyler Herring

Tyler Herring

I live in Asheville, NC, a city surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. These mountains hold an ancient spirit that has inspired art and culture for many years. Today we are destroying in a very short amount of time what took nature many years to create. We cannot replace what we are taking and with every mountain top erased from the map, the spirit of the land dies a little more. That spirit is the essence of my music and an inspiration throughout the Appalachians. As a people, we cannot afford to lose such magic.

Honneycombs

Honneycombs

The grandeur of this beautiful land should never fall into the hands of people who see its destruction as a financial opportunity. May all of our voices join in song to celebrate the beauty of the Earth we live upon.

Horizontal Blues Band

Horizontal Blues Band

The mountains are our birthplace and our home. Like most people who live here, we want both a natural environment and an economic environment that will make Appalachia a great place to live. Tearing the mountains down won't get that for us.

James Low

James Low

Mountaintop removal is the greatest waste of one our nation's last, best natural treasures.

Misk Hills Mountain Rambler

Misk Hills Mountain Rambler

We are so touched by the plight of the coal miners who risk their lives and the communities that suffer from the loss of the mountains.

Moontower

Moontower

Mountaintop removal needs to be stopped today, not tomorrow.

Ned Mudd

Ned Mudd

Mountains have tops for a reason. Rivers flow for a reason. Mountain tops don't belong in rivers. Some things trump money.

The Muses

The Muses

I am 11th generation Appalachian native on both sides of my family. The land is our heart beat. My land is precious to me. It breaks my heart to see what is happening to these beautiful mountains that God gave us to flourish in, not destroy.

One String Band

One String Band

If we want to keep the 'country' in country music, we've got to keep the mountains.

Amber Oost

Amber Oost

The Appalachian Mountains are giants that we should protect, not destroy.

T. Paige

T. Paige

I have been using my music to help end mountaintop removal since for over a decade and am very proud of the progress we've made.

Listen to When You Go.

Brett Ratliff

Brett Ratliff

My home is in eastern Kentucky and even though coal mining has long been a part of our heritage here, we're being torn up by mountiantop removal. I'm the last remaining member of my family who hasn't been driven out. I stay to play my music and teach children throughout the area the rich cultural history that's being blown apart by the coal companies.

James Reams

James Reams

I grew up in eastern Kentucky and I've seen the devastation that mountaintop removal coal mining can do. What we need to do is stop this mining and save our mountains.

Listen to "Hills Of My County" by James Reams.

Reel World String Band

Reel World String Band

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining is destroying our mountains, our streams, our people and our soul. You can't put it back. When it's gone, it's gone!

Alan Rhody

Alan Rhody

This practice has already destroyed so much natural beauty. If mountain top removal continues, Appalachia will never be the same.

Ashley Robertson

Ashley Robertson

I am struck by the awesome beauty of the Appalachians and believe they should be protected for everyone who loves these mountains or calls them home.

Brett Sample

Brett Sample

God gave us this beautiful land and we are to here to take care of it, not destroy it. If we allow this practice to continue, soon the glory of our mountains be left in a pile of rubble.

Claudia Schaer

Claudia Schaer

Pristine ecosystems are nourishment for the spirit. The devastation of mountaintop removal must stop. We must protect the mountains, and with them the wildlife and people who depend on them.