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Mining People Magazine

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“(We) need to invest in

technologies. It must

not just be rhetoric.

We need to get it off the

ground, so that we com-

ply with conventions that

we have entered into

as a country. We need

to prioritize this, so that coal continues

to make a positive contribution to the

growth and development of our econo-

my. Environmental challenges that come

with coal applications should spur us to

be more creative and innovative. Anyone

has the right to protest within the ambit of

the law but it doesn’t mean what you (the

coal industry) are doing is wrong. What

you are doing is not wrong. You are trying

to assist the country in meeting its needs

in terms of energy supply and are con-

tinuing to provide our people with jobs.”

– Thabo Mokoena, South Africa’s direc-

tor-general, Department of Mineral Re-

sources and Energy.

“While our met coal and underground

mining have a minimal

environmental impact

compared with thermal

coal and surface mining,

we understand the im-

portant role Warrior (Met

Coal) plays in environ-

mental stewardship. To that end, we are

committed to supplying the global steel

industry as a responsible corporate citi-

zen, focusing not just on what we do, but

how we do it. That means proactively

lowering energy use, reducing green-

house gas emissions, ensuring effective

land reclamation, and maintaining a lead-

ing safety record.”

– CEO/Director Walt Scheller, Warrior

Met Coal.

“We are losing the coal fleet at accel-

erating speed with no coherent plan

on how to replace it.

The affordability

of our power supply, the competitiveness

of American industry and the reliability of

the grid now hang in the balance. It’s past

time we learn to better value the grid and

electricity mix we have before we jump

head first into a future we’ve yet to prove

we can achieve.”

countoncoal@nma.org

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“As the world transitions to a de-

carbonized economy,

we need to mine

more materials than we

have ever done before to

support those low carbon

technologies. From wind

turbines to batteries for

electric cars, to the two

thirds of the periodic table

that are in your mobile

phone, we have to find a way to sustain-

ably extract materials. We have to find a

way to source these materials responsi-

bly, because without them we don’t have

a chance. As the world goes towards a

more carbon neutral program, graphite

will be a key product.”

– Lucy Crane, geologist, Cornish Lithium

Ltd.

“Twenty-eight states have enacted

either renewable energy standards

or low-carbon policies.

These are tar-

geted at the industries that have helped

raise our standard of living, built our

schools, funded public infrastructure,

and made us the premier economy in

the world. We produce energy better,

more safely, and with more attention to

MINING PEOPLE COMMENTS continued

the environment than anywhere else on

the planet and yet our industries are still

discriminated against, maligned and de-

clared as dead. Well, not on my watch.

Know this – Wyoming will always advo-

cate for our industries, whether it be to

protect against unconstitutional restraint

of trade, or in their endeavors to deliver

cleaner, more dependable, more afford-

able and safer energy to our nation. It is

our duty to verify that the proposed early

closures of coal-burning units are truly

warranted and economical, and not just

philosophical or political. Wyoming gen-

uinely welcomes renewable resources

like wind and solar. However, we will not

recklessly abandon our most abundant

and reliable energy source just because

it is unpopular with some people.”

– Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.

“While America shifts

to natural gas and other

sources, India, China,

and dozens of other na-

tions are mining coal.

That’s why America’s “fuel

switching,” however well

meaning, may not help the global envi-

ronment at all. In fact, worldwide, the coal

industry is booming like never before.

Although perhaps a questionable invest-

ment in the US, new coal power plants

have attracted $745 billion in new invest-

ment worldwide, in just three years, says

a new report by Agence France-Presse.

The report looked at all 258 coal plant

developers identified in the “Global Coal

Exit List,” created by several internation-

al banks. The analysis found more than

1,000 new coal power plants in the plan-

ning pipeline – almost twice as many as

were ever in the US.”

– Greg Walcher, president, Natural Re-

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