Willie Nelson’s recent video version of America the Beautiful sends a powerful message. Watch it all the way through. (It takes a dramatic turn at around 27.) Glad to see the aging country music outlaw taking a stand for environmental conservation in America. Specifically, he’s railing against mountaintop removal — a mining practice involving surface clearing and blasting mountaintops or ridge lines for coal.
Nelson’s video was released before a bill was passed by the House of Representatives that allows for the continuation of this environmentally destructive form of surface mining. See more about it in this Huffington post article, and in the National Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) “Switcboard” blog. –Nina Flournoy