CT Coverage of Coal Oct 15

22 10 2012

Dean Seal with the Collegiate Times wrote a fairly balanced and succinct article on the current political discussions around coal mining and use in America. The current “War on Coal” is a political attack from mostly Republicans on the EPA and Obama Administration. While coal prices have increased and production from Central Appalachia decreased, market forces are the main driver of coal’s recent downturn. Natural gas, extracted using hydraulic fracturing which is increasingly cheaper, is dominating the energy market.

Even here at VT the campus plant has only used natural gas in 6 months – that’s 6 months without burning coal! So, it’s clear to see that there are ways to heat buildings and keep the lights on without coal. Beyond Coal does not endorse natural gas because of its environmental and social costs, but, we recognize it as a transition fuel for renewable energy that carries a substantially lower carbon footprint. 

For more info on the coal market trends: http://appvoices.org/2012/03/12/coal-fired-generation-falls-to-40-percent/ + http://appvoices.org/2012/06/06/coalrally/

CT article: http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/20626/coal-plays-pivotal-role-for-virginia-residents-students-in-the-november-election

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