china, and many other countries, do burn our coal. we have a lot of it. unfortunately, as the coal business is shut down in this country, they will look for other sources. those other sources are much dirtier than our coal. not only have we destroyed a successful industry in this country, but we have contributed to global pollution by removing from the international markets, a good source of cleaner coal.
old Walt dug up many, many, acres of wetland in FL. what he did then, he would never be able to do today. swamp land for entertainment and tourism? seems like a fair trade to me!
The coal industry is a LONG ways from shut down. In fact they're just gearing up and heading your direction kathyp. Don't you know what's going on in your own backyard? Also, the sub-bituminous coal we are digging up in SE Montana is some of the dirtiest coal on the planet, being sold to 'primarily' China for pennies on the dollar. Due to its sulfurous toxicity its "illegal" to burn here in the Americas. That's why there is such a rush to sell it while people are too dumb to know what's going on or how bad it actually is. The ultimate capitalist venture run by capitalist Vultures……..
The whole operation is a farce being played on the world, involving Peabody Coal (the worlds largest coal producer) and our friend Mr. Buffet (who owns the majority of rail lines heading to the West Coast) who are determined to get Asia hooked on this crap while the price is still low (capitalism at its worse, or best depending on your perspective). Both operations know full well that windburn ribbons of "LEAD", mercury and arsenic will be arriving to our shores from Asia after burning.
Is this how capitalists recycle? We will be getting some 'lead' back :roll:
But wait, if these idiots have their way (and it seems like they will, thanks to idiots in the US Congress, and including the Pres ;)) what is now the worlds biggest coal terminal in the world, BC's (Westshore) will be dwarfed by the terminal currently in the works in Washington State……The Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point.
US Coal and Natural Gas are being sold out from under the watch of the American people for dollars that belong to all of us, not just those profiting. The resources in America rightfully belong to all Americans, yet 'we the people' receive no benefit at all and have pollution and terminal war (over the worlds resources) in our long term futures.
Remember how we were told that digging for our own coal and gas was going to save us from our dependance on Middle East Oil? Well, while we sleep or argue over our petty differences the 'profiteers' are definitely paying attention and for their own sinister plans can't seem to sell "OUR RESOURCES" fast enough.
Where's 'our' cut of these profits? What will we use to produce energy when its all promised out and/or gone? Deals are being made behind our backs that will affect us all for generations…..if we survive. When its gone its gone, and with rapid the expansion of Asian economies…….it won't be long, 'relatively' speaking ;) We'll either run out or we'll have created a planet unfit to live……..its getting closer every year.
Hey, now don't just believe me, check it out for yourselves. There's ALOT more to discuss on this issue but this is enough for now. HAPPY BREATHING :-D