Willie Nelson’s ‘America The Beautiful’ Takes Aim At Mountaintop Removal (VIDEO)

By Brianna Elliott

Award-winning country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson is joining the fight against mountaintop removal — a surface mining practice that involves clearing, blasting and processing mountaintops or ridge lines for coal.

This rendition of “America the Beautiful” from Nelson and the Natural Resources Defense Council begins like any other patriotic tribute to the American landscape, but soon takes a dramatic turn. Images of cleared forests, blasting mountains and creeping coal sludge provide a sharp contrast to the song’s lyrics, and highlight how devastating this practice is to the Appalachian communities and ecosystems.

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Source: Huffington Post Green