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Overnight: America the Beautiful? - Willie Nelson // New NRDC Mountaintop Removal Video + Action AAA

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From the press release on this video from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2014)--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 music video that depicts dynamiting 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.

The House of Representatives will vote on a bill Tuesday that would make it easier to dump the tons of toxic waste and debris from these mountaintop mining operations into Appalachian streams.

“Willie Nelson is a strong voice for everyday Americans, as shown by his solidarity with the people of Appalachia,” said Jon Devine, senior attorney in NRDC’s Water Program. “This legislation would clear the way for more destruction and more pollution. It must be stopped.”

Nelson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, and first winner of the Country Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, has long championed the people and communities of rural America with his Farm Aid concerts.

The video, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, features Nelson’s song playing over scenes of wooded Appalachian mountains being dynamited by coal companies and the resulting boulders, ash and sludge cascading down on to communities below.

The bill scheduled for Tuesday’s House of Representatives vote, HR 2824, would lock in place a George W. Bush-era rule change that opened up local streams to the pollution caused by the ravages of mountaintop mining. Under this practice, companies are blasting off entire mountaintops to get at the thin coal seams below. They're filling local rivers and streams with blasted debris, and sacrificing the safety and sanctity of countless communities in the region.

Mountaintop removal mining has already leveled more than 500 mountaintops, poisoned or buried over 2,000 miles of streams, and destroyed communities across Appalachia. Top scientists agree that the ecological damage of mountaintop removal is largely irreversible.

For more background on mountaintop removal, see: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/mountaintopremoval.php

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

While we should be stopping this practice for good, a new House bill would actually make it easier, not harder, for coal companies to dump mining waste into mountain streams. The word is the HR bill 2824 will hit this week… If you have a spot in your calendar, please tweet, Facebook post, email, and/or blog post the video. I’ve included sample social media copy along with the press release which can be leveraged for the blog below. Please let me know of any questions and if you are able to post.
Two tweet options that link to the video

Join @NRDC @WillieNelson and take urgent action to #stopMTR in Congress. America the Beautiful? video: http://bit.ly/1rpvbCH

America the Beautiful? Thanks @WillieNelson for fighting to #stopMTR http://bit.ly/1rpvbCH

Tweet links to the action

@WillieNelson says NO to mountaintop removal and you can too. Learn more and act at http://bit.ly/1mqRCq4

Facebook post links to the video

America the Beautiful?: http://bit.ly/1rpvbCH. Join Willie Nelson and NRDC to take urgent action to stop mountaintop removal – today!

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Willie Nelson quips, "Gay people should be just as miserable as the rest of us," all people deserve equal protection under the law.

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My dear friend @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation is coming to the rescue by allowing us to cross-post her awesome posts while Paddy is laid up. She's amazing.

Did I mention how amazing Anomaly is? In case you missed it, she's amazing.

Here's her latest:

With all eyes on the Supreme Court during the past two days of hearing arguments on Marriage Equality, Willie Nelson weighs in. Wednesday night, in an interview in Austin, Texas, Willie said he believes love doesn’t discriminate, “and it shouldn’t be discriminated against.” Nelson added during his interview that gay people should be as miserable as the rest of us.

Nelson has been paying close attention to the Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In an exclusive with Texas Monthly, Willie quipped, “[Gay people] should be just as miserable as the rest of us” before giving a more nuanced explanation of what he says has been a life-long, unwavering belief that all people deserve equal protection under the law.

Nelson added that everyone should be able to get married, if they so choose to, “I never thought of  marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”

Texas Monthly said: A lot of people think this battle echoes the fight for civil rights in the sixties.

Nelson responded: ”It does. It’s about human rights. As humanity, we’ve come through so many problems from the beginning to here.  I guess it finally had to come around to this. This is just another situation, another problem. We’ll work it out and move on.”

When asked: ”And what do you think they’ll say when they look back on this?” Nelson responded,We’ll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this.”

There’s much more at Texas Monthly, including custom downloadable Human Rights Campaign avatars.

In honor of Mr. Nelson, we’ve added his video/song ‘Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond Of Each Other)’:

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Stating the obvious

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Willie Nelson was charged with pot possession in Texas.

In other news, MSNBC is no longer airing news on weekends.

Shorter version: Duh...

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