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Mining people today, especially coal people are like a small band of soldiers surrounded by
a horde of schemers with a kill-all purpose, firing falsehoods in rat-a-tat fashion.
infested schemers want to eliminate the coal industry, with little compassion for a storied industry
and the great working people who give it heart.
Forget the problems of the world; first and foremost is eliminating coal. If these politicos put all that
wasted time toward helping solve our global problems things might get better.
Mining People Magazine
compiles news of happenings in the mining and aggregates
fields. The coal industry takes center stage. A large portion of the news is negative toward coal…
shutdowns, bankruptcies, production decreases, etc. It’s discouraging but, every so often, we get a
story about a new mine opening, or new research that amplifies the use of coal outside the energy
sector, like medicines, perfumes, etc. The big thing today is exports. Our coal exports could be a
The coal industry has diminished in recent years, but it’s still in the energy mix with a 20 percentile
standing, give or take a percent. And we have many coal believers, who disseminate the truth,
dispelling the wave of lies from the horde. Forget the “yellow journalism,” there are several pro-coal
groups that write the truth. One such supporter is Count on Coal, with a lineup of terrific writers.
Here’s what the group says:
“Early this year in the Midwest when the polar vortex sunk temperatures to zero and below, coal
generation proved essential in keeping the power on and homes warm. In a matter of hours, wind
generation went from providing nearly half of electricity demand in some states to next to nothing.
Not only did the extreme cold come with reduced wind, but also it got so cold many turbines had
to be shut down so that their gears wouldn’t break. While wind power faltered when it was needed
most, coal plants were able to ramp up their generation to fill the gaps. There are countless other
examples that reinforce the importance of fuel-secure coal generation to a balanced electric mix.”
Politicos have short memories. Coal came to the rescue at a critical moment in the Midwest, only
to be soon forgotten.
All is not lost globally. The coal industry is flourishing in many overseas countries, especially in
Southeast Asia, including India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Add China and India to that mix and
the future of coal is safe for many years to come. And good ole USA is making the most of a
positive situation with its exports, particularly met coal – a steel making must.
Many believe renewables are the energy way of the future, and
rightfully so. Renewable are making great strides, and growing
rapidly in the US and overseas, but it will take umpteen years for
an “energy takeover.” IEA says it this way: “Renewable energy
is set to play a larger role, but the share of renewables in power
generation would rise only to 30 percent by 2040, from the
current 24 percent.” A few years back, renewables were barely
noticeable at a 2 or 3 percent production.
Historically speaking, coal will never again reach the level of a
45 or 50 percent energy provider, but coal will still have a large
share in the energy sector – that’s a given!!
Coal Generation Remains Integral to Balance Energy Mix