With our current situation of cheap natural gas, no price on carbon providing an incentive to decarbonize, and no carbon pollution regulation of existing coal plants, industry efforts are dead in their tracks.
Okay, it's past Thanksgiving and the election is long over, but a series of ads I saw on television on election night keep playing in my mind. They were about the virtues of coal. Why would such ads stay with me? Let me explain.
A big Senate vote this week will determine the fate of mercury safeguards that continue to garner overwhelming support from Americans nationwide. These long overdue safeguards are poised to protect millions of Americans from dangerous air pollutants.
What energy companies should be doing is focusing on how to transition away from dangerous fossil fuels and invest in clean energy and a just transition for workers. One key measure that will help that transition is, unfortunately, in jeopardy.
Make no mistake about it, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is a technology whiz. But his energy ideas are bankrupt. His $50 million gift to support the Sierra Club's anti-coal agenda and to stop coal-fired power plants will undoubtedly help move American jobs to China.
When you realize coal's effects on health and our environment, coal is exceptionally costly. If these costs were included in the price of coal, cleaner energy technologies would become very competitive.
The folks of the Coal River Valley are taking their place at the forefront of other heroic movements in the annals of American consciousness raising. Stories of heroes like these are the stories of The Last Mountain.