This Is A Beautiful Song, But The Video Will Haunt You For Days

A withering indictment.

Coal mining is dirty and devastating to America's natural landscape. In this video, country music legend Willie Nelson covers the classic anthem 'America the Beautiful,' juxtaposing the serene melody against images of natural destruction wrought by the coal industry in the Appalachian region. 

The video, produced by the National Resources Defense Council, is part of the Music Saves Mountains campaign against so-called mountaintop removal, whereby the tops of mountains are literally blown off with high-powered explosives, spewing toxins into the air, polluting the water supply, and causing untold harm to nearby communities.

The video will disturb you and—hopefully—inspire you to act.

Tell our government to ban mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Send a letter to the President by clicking here.

Will you join us in the fight against this environmental catastrophe? Please share this with as many people as you know.