freetown fred wrote:
Do you really believe that the tree-huggers will ever be convinced that COAL is a GOOD energy source? They seem to be totally close minded except concerning things relative to their own agenda's Come 2012, I think we might (HOPEFULLY) have some of the powers to be, that are looking at the Coal World & starting to get some of the facts straight. I know I have spoken with my local Senator & discussed with him the ridiculousness of shutting down that energy source. Most of my local coal burning friends have done likewise with their local representatives. That is something we as coal burners CAN do. I think I saw you are a New Yorker?? Make some noise my friend where it matters.
I meant Arkansas.
Well thank you for taking the time to your local Senator, Slightly off the theme but my local coal supplier told me that Bituminous coal is hard to come by because it is mined and shipped straight to china where they are stock piling loads of it, I don't know if this is true, but if so it means we are giving them our jobs, money , and natural resources. but I guess it helps the trade deficit look better.
In the UK when they shut the pits down it was awful, whole community's, just fell apart, 60/70% in some towns were left with no jobs, many places in South Wales have never really recovered, at this time Dad worked for Dowty Mining making automatic pit chocks, at that time Dowty had a world patent for part of the hydraulic system, China wanted a few chocks to test, Dowty had never let the technology fall in to China's hand, but with the mines all shutting in desperation to keep the plant open they took some over, you can guess what happened next, no more was heard and Dowty mining shut laying off 1000's. The government, to prove mining was not profitable, spent a fortune on new machinery for the mines, when they closed the mines and allowed them to flood, it was all left underground much of it was all new, Now we still use a lot of coal, but most of it is dirty brown coal imported from old eastern block country's, and it is reckoned it costs 4 times more than if we mined our own coal. Whats my point? Government don't care about you or me I don't trust any of them, what ever party they belong to and don't see any reason at this time to change my opinion of them