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View Diary: There was no 'war on coal,' but there should be. Just not on the backs of miners. Delay is denial (117 comments)

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    SolarMom, A Siegel, Lefty Coaster

    right, powder river coal from publicly-owned BLM land shouldn't be sold cheap to crank up carbon emissions in Asia.

    Also, this diary errs by claiming that coal exports will increase mountain top mining, etc., as follows;

         "Exporting coal means continuing to strip it and mine    it.    It means mountain-top removal, stream pollution, cave-ins and explosions. It means wrecking the health of not just the miners but also their families."

    To the contrary, All of the West Coast export proposals will ship out low-value Powder River Basin, Wyoming coal, which comes from surface mines, not mountain-top removal.  The powder River coal mining generates very few jobs, compared to underground mining, but exposes almost no one to mining and processing emissions, and doesn't have cave-ins, explosions or much stream pollution.

    That doesn't make it good, either

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