W.Va. Senate candidates decry EPA coal proposal
West Virginia's leading U.S. Senate candidates issued statements Friday that showed the two are largely aligned in their opposition to stringent regulations the Obama administration has proposed for new coal-fired power plants.
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#1 Sep 21, 2013
Coal mining is still the major voting issue in W.Va. But it is a declining industry that kills often ( tinyurl.com/43jzt73 ) and in the past has had labor strife, environmental disasters (i.e mountain top removal) and too much sulfur (which could be fixed by using IGCC to improve efficiency while separating out the SOx.) In fact, IGCC combustion is much more efficient with the higher energy W.Va coal so it makes a LOT of sense to use it for SOx reduction as well as power. tinyurl.com/pj9du2m
Of course, there is also the pollution of mining wastes, and pumping slurries down bore holes has been a BIG problem with ground water pollution. They need a much better plan to deal with the waste.
But the coal mining and energy industry is 'rust belt America'. It defies progress and is trying not to change. It will fail. Even the politics of W.Va is changing as people get tired of the smell, dust, sickness, etc.
#2 Sep 21, 2013
Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains
Shenandoah River -
Life is old there
Older than the trees
Younger than the mountains
Growin' like a breeze [JohnDenver]
Maybe they go back to tobacco. <sarcasm>
Maybe they don't want healthcare. <more sarcasm>
#3 Sep 21, 2013
Progress on the political front will occur. Just look at Virginia..
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