Carbon12 wrote:I wonder how the auto coal ignition system is selling? I also wonder if we'll ever see a big box store selling coal stoves. If that ever happens, people might be more willing to give coal a shot. Pretty much as easy to use as pellets and heats much better. Still don't know why the public has embraced pellet stoves but turn their noses up at coal stoves. Ignorance of the facts, I guess.
I myself am not convinced coal will always be economical hedge against more costly fuels.There is tremendous pressure by powerful factions to stop coal usage and they use the EPA and MSHA to enforce ever increasing laws.This costs a lot of money in fines imposed and upgrades to stay in compliance for the smaller anthracite mine owners.Sure we can get coal now but can we afford to loose say a third of the anthracite mines or breakers to the government squeeze at some point in the future?
I saw obama get elected for a second term when I thought he wouldn't and I saw him pull off the affordable care act when I thought he couldn't among other things like breaking laws to get what he wants.Who stopped HIM? Who will stop THEM? from doing what ever they dam well please?
What happens when more people use coal, demand goes up and when demand out paces whats produced we better have a plan.Yes we can get enough coal now but I am not banking on it being such a value in the future.I hope it is but who knows?