A favorite sound bite from critics of the coal industry is
And they’re right. We’re going to need every resource we’ve
that CCT and carbon sequestration aren’t viable energy solutions because they
will take too long to develop. When pressed for an alternative, these critics
repeat a mantra of their own: more wind, more solar.
got to meet our future energy needs – wind and solar included. But just like
clean coal technology, these renewables also need time for development. As
we’ve discussed here before, we’re a long way from mass implementation of wind
and solar power – there are still some kinks
to work out.
Just this week it was announced that Oregon regulators have approved construction
of a new wind farm
that developers say could be the world’s largest. The only problem? They don’t
know when it will be operational.
As we said, these things take time.
The Huffington Post yesterday chose to address workplace safety issues in the U.S. coal mining industry in light of the release of the federal investigative agency’s report on the Crandall Canyon accident and mine safety by posting a blog. Amazingly they chose to highlight this blog by posting an illustration of a coal miner being crucified, similarly to that of Jesus Christ.
What the Huffington Post is trying so callously to imply is their own personal opinion that the mining industry is not committed to safety. Nothing could be further from the truth. If one looks at the facts, one clearly sees that the coal mining industry has made great strides in improving worker safety and, in fact today, has a safety record that rivals the manufacturing, retail, and even health care industries. That said, everyone agrees that one accident is one too many and that is why the coal industry is committed to further improvements in worker safety aimed at achieving a zero-accident frequency.
We mourn with the families of those nine miners who were taken from us in an untimely fashion. We hope that the Huffington Post will join us in our grief and respect those families by removing this illustration from their site.
Did you know that energy costs for the average U.S. household since 2001 have more than doubled? Or that rising energy costs are disproportionately impacting minority households?
Those are the findings of a new study we released today.
Click here to take a look at the full study.