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Mining People Magazine




“Coal and nuclear are needed to

protect the grid.

A natural-gas plant

cannot store its fuel on site. Stop the

flow of gas, and the lights go out about

a minute later. A coal-fired plant usually

has three weeks of fuel storage on site.

Nuclear is fueled to run two years. A

balanced mix of fuel sources is good

for stability. Don’t let all the new wind

turbines you see fool you. Just because

you see them turning, don’t assume that

they are making rated power. At low wind

speeds (9mph) a typical 1.5 MW turbine

may only be generating 0.04 MW. Most

wind turbines need a 30 mph wind to

generate rated power. Fossil-fuel plants

can respond to changing grid conditions

by controlling their power outputs. Not so

with solar and wind. This is why energy

storage systems are being researched.”

Carl Massart, Buffalo Township.

“The U.S. Army Corps said that a

permit it granted for the DakotaAccess


last year was environmentally

sound, handing a setback to tribal and

green groups hoping to stop the flow of

oil on the pipeline.”

– Energy Industry


“The U.S. Department

of Energy reports that

in 2016,

more than

160,000 coal industry



30.4 percent of all



By comparison, in the

same year, it took 374,000 solar industry

workers to produce just 0.9 percent of

the nation’s total electricity generation

and 100,000 wind industry employees

to produce 5.6 percent of total electricity.

According to these statistics, it takes only

one coal industry worker to produce the

same amount of electricity as 12 wind

industry employees, or, even worse,

79 solar industry workers. Moreover,

taxpayers do not subsidize coal power

plants, whereas wind and solar are net

drains on taxpayers. Many of the jobs

‘created’ in the solar and wind industries

are the result of billions of dollars in federal

and state government subsidies, tax

credits, loan guarantees, and renewable

power mandates.”

– H. Sterling Burnett,

Ph.D., senior fellow energy and the

environment at The Heartland Institute.

“The Illinois Basin – Illinois, Western

Kentucky and Western Indiana

– will

probably be a stronger area in the long

run because a lot of coal power plants

are installing sulfur scrubbers. Over the

next five to 10 years, the growth rate will

be there.”

– Michael Tian, coal industry

analyst, Morningstar.

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