Coal Dirty And Deadly

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Editor:

The coal mining industry in Arizona employs 425 people at Peabody Energy’s Kayenta site in the Black Mesa Coal Field.

An estimated 372,000 people in Arizona suffer from asthma, about 70 of whom die from an asthma attack caused by polluted air each year.

Coal is by far the dirtiest and most polluting form of energy.

Congratulations Reps Gosar, Franks, Salmon and Schweikert for sticking up for the 0.1 percent.

Stuart Lindsay

Comments

Pat Randall 4 months, 1 week ago

Mr. LIndsay All asthma is not caused by coal if any. Some is food allergies, animal fur, back out of alignment and a lot of other causes. Stress, hay, grass, flowers, and I could go on but I think you might get the idea. If you don't like it move ! A lot of people have moved to Arizona to cure their asthma.

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Ronald Hamric 4 months, 1 week ago

Pat,

The gentleman could care less about asthma sufferers. His purpose for the submission was so that he might bash those evil Republicans . Perhaps a little freezing to death in the dark will change his view about this nation's "green energy" policies. As a matter of fact, the very power supplied to his own home is most likely from a coal powered plant, so he along with not 0.1 percent, but literally millions in this area, are who those politicians are really looking out for.

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Ted Paulk 4 months, 1 week ago

Well said Mr. Lindsey. Of course Gosar, et.al., are for big business regardless of what it does to our air quality...You dissenters, please take a look at the recent photos from Shanghai about how clean coal is. Coal is clean fuel is akin to BP is working to clean up the Gulf and protect wildlife!!

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Ronald Hamric 4 months, 1 week ago

"Today’s on-road vehicles produce over a third of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides in our atmosphere and over twenty percent of the global warming pollution.

This air pollution carries significant risks for human health and the environment. Through clean vehicle and fuel technologies, we can significantly reduce air pollution from our cars and trucks, while cutting projected U.S. oil use in half within the next 20 years." Union of Concerned Scientists National Headquarters 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-3780

So, that being the case and with the current administration's focus on "green" energy. why do you suppose they bailed out the auto industry where it cost the taxpayers a $10 billion loss just from GM alone? We will disregard Fiskar and others that got millions from this administration to only then file bankruptcy. Could it possibly be that they (Democrats) are in bed with the biggest "business" of the all, the auto industry and their respective unions? In spite of that industry's contribution to air pollution which the OP seems to be so concerned with? Be careful when you start making blanket accusations about who is in who's pocket. There are few wealthier than George Soros, the Tides Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and many others too numerous to name and it is well know they bankroll most of the progressive/socialist's endeavors. Yeah! Big business is a GOP thing. Riiight!!!

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don evans 4 months, 1 week ago

Yep, tell all those people in the mid west and north east how they should not be using rotten coal to heat their homes right now. And the kook aid drinkers are still spinning their global warming pap. What a crock. Where is Al Gore? Oh that's right, he's fixing Obama Care for all of us. After all, he invented the internet!

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Rex Hinshaw 4 months, 1 week ago

Pat,Ron,and Don, Even though Stuart and Ted are totally wrong.....I want to point out that Ted did not revert to name calling and insults. Ted, that's one in a row for you...thanks.

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Ronald Hamric 4 months, 1 week ago

Rex, Ted has very strong opinions as do the rest of us. I welcome his views on these various hot button topics we often wade into, right up until he starts with his typical personally hostile approach. Perhaps he is coming around and actually wants his voice heard. Using the tone in the above post will provide him that opportunity. Anyone who does any research into coal, cannot deny that coal is a dirty fuel source, even "clean coal", so on that point I agree with Ted and the OP. But the alternative power sources that are being proposed to replace coal are very, very expensive, not cost effective, and without the current government subsidies and being forced to compete in an open market, would have disappeared long ago. Hydro-electric and nuclear are viable but they too have as bad an environmental footprint as does coal, just in a different form. I often wonder what could have been done to significantly reduce the negative aspects of coal fired power plants had the monies used to subsidize and fund research for solar, wind, and other fringe sources been instead applied to cleaning up that abundant and cheap source of power. Due to lobbying and special interest money influence in Washington, we can only speculate.

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Ted Paulk 4 months, 1 week ago

Solar sounds good especially in Arizona. I worked at Peabody's Black Mesa and K Mine and lived in Page and also called on the Navajo Generating Station in the late '70's for Empire Machinery. Before the EPA forced Salt River Project, a company that gets all kinds of tax breaks (look at their license plates on their vehicles) to install scrubbers in the towers, there were days you could not see the generating station from Page, due to the smoky emissions. They burned 24,000 tons of coal each day...Gosar made mention that 8,500 tons of coal were mined in Arizona but gave not time period. I think it must be per hour. In the '90's I called on the Cholla Power Plant and could often see the smoke for miles. Blasting the EPA for forcing these companies to clean up the air is not the solution. I'm sure SRP and APS will not suffer too much; nor will they clean up their emissions without a push from EPA.

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Ronald Hamric 4 months, 1 week ago

Ted, I have seen some of the large solar power arrays in the Mojave Desert of California. With all the sunlight one would think that would be a no brainer if they could bring the power to market at a competitive price. Not sure what's going on in the "solar" realm, but the Feds recently offered some BLM tracts in Colorado for solar power installations and they got zero bids to use the lands for such. People in the industry said things are real uncertain at this time, both regulation wise and market wise. I've been east on Interstate 40 and many time one can see the smoke from the power plant near Holbrook. Other times I've driven that same road and not seen a thing. Off line perhaps.

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Ted Paulk 4 months ago

APS, I think, is a partner in the huge solar project west of Gila Bend on I-8. Looks very promising and it's hard to hurt the environment out in the desert. Hope it makes money for them and they expand.

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don evans 4 months ago

All the solar panels used at the Payson High School were manufactured in China. Ain't it great.

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Ronald Hamric 4 months ago

Don,

I know where you are coming from, but you might want to do an inventory in your home and see just how much of the things you have there-in are also manufactured in China. I have a website on my "favorites" that lists "American Made" for just about anything anyone would need, but in today's America it is all about $$$$$$. Walmart is the most classic example of that mindset. Sad that we let ourselves fall into that rut.

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