If you want to understand why America burns so much coal, spend a few minutes over at the lobbying disclosure website run by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (all numbers cited below are from the website).
While the mainstream media has yet to decipher fact from fiction in the "clean coal" marketing campaign, a graduate assistant at a college in Ohio managed to cap 'n trade some of the comments and ads of presidentialr candidates Barack Obama and John McCain (and the erstwhile Hillary and Bill Cinton) on the role of coal and nuclear energy in their campaigns.
It takes a grad student to remind us that all of the presidential candidates have a lot to learn about the chimera of "clean coal."
A new report by the International Energy Agency released today concludes that we will need to invest well over $1 trillion in the next 40 years to make coal-fired generation plants climate friendly.
The report's lead author, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, states that:
Santorum's column is a coal train wreck, full of inept comparisons and non sequiturs.
November 7, 2006 was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for a lot of Republicans.
The Apppalachian people, along with our oldest mountains, are paying the full price for coal
Coal companies are really good at making promises.
The families and communities of Appalachia have, in fact, been the beneficiary of coal company promises for 150 years, with a lasting peace and prosperity always “just over this next dune,” or in the case of Appalachia…just under our next mountain.