Duengeon master wrote: envisage wrote:
My very first memory of coal is as a child in elementary school growing up in the Bronx, NYC. I vividly remember coal (probably bit) being delivered to the school in the big truck, going down the chute, into someplace I never saw. Boy, that stuff was dirty ... however, I grew up and now I am burning coal!
NYC schools burned anthracite. I saw an article on the news there once where they were saying that there are several schools that are still burning coal. This was during the late 90's.
They burned coal up until the 2000's. I warned them that the boiler replacements would be a bad idea and actually was really involved in trying to change things and inform individuals with facts, and solutions. There was even misinformation posted about coal on a website. When I tried to engage in a civil discussion through e-mail, the responses were not so nice to say the least when I presented them with factual information and studies. It went against their coal is bad agenda, so let's waste money by replacing boilers fueled by coal in the schools. Hell, I was only about 16 at the time when I forewarned them and engaged in e-mailing and discussions about those issues. So fast forward and look at what happened.
-Billions were spent on boiler replacements.
-A one year increase in fuel costs alone could have heated 300 coal schools for 7 years.
- The savings in fuel could have went back to the taxpayers, and a portion could have even funded other well needed upgrades, more books, or increases in salaries.
- The heating plants could have had one or two boilers converted to burn oil/gas for a backup where desired eliminating the need for complete replacement, and also emission controls could have been installed for the heating plant to allay any further concerns about emissions.
Hey kid, you make too much sense and will ruin our agenda
...move along, nothing to see here.