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  •  I knew coal up close and personal... (9+ / 0-)

    ...my grandparents owned an apartment building on Chicago's Southwest Side. I grew up there. And at 8 years old, I got to help my father and grandfather feed the old Iron Fireman stoker with coal. My elementary school had coal-fired boilers, delivered to the outbuilding where the boilers were, into an underground bunker through large scuttles, while we were at play during recess.

    My grandparents replaced that old coal-fired boiler in 1968 with a gas-fired one, since their supplier was going out of business. Coal yards began to disappear around the City, until the only users were factories and powerplants. Now, even they are gone, or converted.

    We'll always need coal for steelmaking and as an industrial feedstock, but not at the rate where we must destroy mountains to get it (which doesn't provide much work for regular miners). We need to find new jobs for those who  mine coal who haven't succumbed to black lung and other ailments that stem from mining. That's the real "war" on coal.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 03:26:11 PM PDT

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