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Thread #142555 Message #3287381
Posted By: Desert Dancer
09-Jan-12 - 02:31 AM
Thread Name: Listen to this classic new protest song!
Subject: RE: Listen to this classic new protest song!
I believe "Paradise" was written about plain vanilla strip mining; mountaintop removal is called "strip mining on steroids" and came somewhat later.
Actually, I see Wikipedia has an article on Paradise, Kentucky. It says that in addition to the strip mining, the Tennessee Valley Authority (power cooperative) and built a coal power plant there. They bought out what remained of the town soon afterward after the plant was found to be a health hazard.
~ Becky in Long Beach