The Coming Decline and Fall of Big Coal

Mar 27, 2012 Full story: 9

AP ran a great story yesterday about the coming decline of the coal industry in Appalachia that I fear is not going to get nearly the attention it deserves.

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“Pro Union - Enviro Vigilante”

Since: Feb 12

Craigsville , WV

#1 Mar 28, 2012
Coal has been on the decline for several years now & the down hill slide is picking up speed. Folks in the coal industry refuse to accept it because they can still make a few quick bucks off the backs of the unsuspecting workers that think they've got it made, & ends up getting a bunch of the fellows gettin killed. People are tiring of the death & destruction -- which generally profits a select few out of staters. Our own politician will not stand up for us -- they guard the coal companies while they destroy us & our state. Coal is outdated, dirty & destructive, we are tiring of it & deserve a clean safe environment to live in. EPA & other are winning a hard fought war for a clean environment although we suffer a few temporary setbacks such as the Spruce Permit ...( Which now has no market fit it's coal). I'll post a link below which shows our latest clean air victory at the coal fired power plants. The WAR is on anything that pollutes or destroys our environment!

“Score Keeper Score Keeper”

Since: Dec 11


#2 Mar 28, 2012
the EPA sucks

Alderson, WV

#3 Mar 28, 2012
Score Keeper The Greatest wrote:
the EPA sucks
So does the person who wrote that crappy artcle.

informed citizen

Oak Hill, WV

#4 Mar 28, 2012
Administration by-passing Congress (as is the norm with this administration)

"National Mining Association spokesman Luke Popovich said the proposal shows that Obama is following through on his pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through means other than legislation.

Bypassing Congress

“After Congress refused to pass carbon caps, the administration insisted there were other ways to skin the cat, and this is another way — by setting a standard deliberately calculated to drive affordable coal out of the electricity market,” Popovich said."

Nashville, TN

#5 Mar 28, 2012
Coal will take back off either when Obama is gone or something horrible happens with one of the Nuke plants and it will happen the USA will have there Japan disaster

Tarboro, NC

#6 Mar 28, 2012
Yep wrote:
Coal will take back off either when Obama is gone or something horrible happens with one of the Nuke plants and it will happen the USA will have there Japan disaster
I want to hear you talk about Solar and Wind.

“Score Keeper Score Keeper”

Since: Dec 11


#7 Mar 28, 2012
CandyApple wrote:
<quoted text>
I want to hear you talk about Solar and Wind.
Wind power is as destructive to animals and the environment as coal is. Search what Dominion is trying to do to East River mountain in Bluefield.Solar is fine for some things if the sun shines. As far as electric cars, where are you going to get the energy from if coal powered plants are closed? If you grew up in WV you know this state is much more better environmental wise than a few decades ago. But you just can't say, okay, no more coal!!! no more oil!!! Phase it out overtime, where is the money going to come from for new vehicles for everybody, new AC and heating, semi trucks, trains, etc. I think nobody wants the environment harmed here in WV, and everyone would like to get off oil and coal, but do it with some sense. May i add, i don't like strip mining, but it has provided for areas where new roads are needed and projects like the Summit Betchel for the Boy Scouts.

New York, NY

#8 Mar 28, 2012
No person who is pro UMWA and a tree hugger can be united together unless you want rid of the UMWA like Obama does. Obama is supported only by top authorities of the UMWA due to being bought off. The only reason the UMWA supported Obama is Obama guaranteed a high official from the UMWA in his cabinet. This go around the UMWA will be embarrassed to support Obama. Talk about a lynch mob, Cecil will be hanging from agree down in Sharon if he again supports Obama the way he has turned on coal.. Yes I do believe dark streets are ahead for coal. Obama and the EPA tried to shut down strip mines and that took 2years to be overturned by a judge. Now he will complete the deal with shutting down coal power plants. The only thing left is met coal, he will have to go after steel mills next. So if steel workers think he is done, forget it .... Steel mills are next give him time and America will come to standstill. Then when that's done and gas price hit 6bucks a gallon Obama will be smiling... Stay tuned democrats.

Waynesville, NC

#9 Mar 29, 2012
How about another catfish dinner. Karma got them.

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