In Tennessee, the Appalachian mountains are the foundation of our cultural identity, a unique environmental treasure, and one of our greatest economic assets. From the Cumberland Plateau to the Great Smoky Mountains, our mountains make up the best of what we call “home.”
Employment at surface coal mines in Tennessee has plummeted to less than 400. Studies indicate that the coal industry’s negligible impact on the state budget does more harm than good and costs Tennessee taxpayers millions every year. In contrast, Tennessee ranks 13th in the nation in the number of solar energy jobs per capita and has a large potential for wind energy, which already supports more than one thousand jobs.
Across Central Appalachia, the coal industry’s ability to provide job growth or economic benefits for the communities where they operate is fading. Tennessee does not need mountaintop removal to provide good jobs, economic development, or affordable electricity. Appalachian Voices is committed to protecting these mountains, and is proud to fight for the heritage, jobs, and rural communities of Tennessee.
Protecting Tennessee’s Scenic Vistas
The amount of coal mined in Tennessee is less than one tenth of one percent of all U.S. coal production. Yet, Tennessee’s mountaintop removal coal mines are concentrated in just three counties where they wreak environmental damage and pose tremendous risk to human health. Appalachian Voices works with a wide range of concerned citizens to pass a state law to protect the Cumberland Plateau. Learn more >>
TVA and Coal
The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electricity to virtually the entire state–and though some of its coal comes from mountaintop removal mines in Appalachia, none is from Tennessee. We are urging the electricity giant to abandon mountaintop removal coal altogether. Learn more >>
Investing in clean energy and job growth
Tennessee ranks 13th in the nation for solar jobs per capita, and TVA has set a strong goal for energy savings in its massive system. Still, the Volunteer State could do more to transition to cleaner, safer energy. That’s where Appalachian Voices comes in. Learn more >>