Hundreds of Utah coal miners speak out on proposed federal reforms

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  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    May 20, 2016 2:07 p.m.

    I wonder if all the folks who are so fired up (pun intended!) about the "filthy air" that coal-fired plants emit (which, by the way, are not even NEAR the Wasatch front...) would give their gas-guzzling SUV's.
    Seems like that would help clear up that nasty inversion in their area.

    But you know what, it's probably those same disgusting coal miners driving their vehicles down in Carbon and Emery counties that's making the Wasatch front air so bad, eh?

    Come see God's country in Emery county, where the skies are blue all winter long.

    I agree with Blue Collar: Do your part, start living off the grid!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 20, 2016 11:38 a.m.

    The environazis would have you believe that the sky is falling and we will all die next week and our kids will sprout three arms because of what they termed as "climate change" formerly known as "Global Warming" and prior to that "greenhouse gases". Since it has been proven that most if not all of the climate change computer models, which the enviro's go by are flawed and skewed. The reality of the situation is that man has little effect on the overall environment. One good blast from a volcano will spew more stuff in the air than all of us combined over many years. I remember many years ago when the air in Salt Lake, due to coal fired furnaces we quite bad. Over many years they have developed natural gas technologies and also technology to clean up the coal fired plants. We've always had temperature inversions along the Wasatch Front. I don't think that they are as bad in recent years as in years past.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 20, 2016 10:05 a.m.

    Also turn in all the steel products you own, Steel is made with coal,(coke). No coal, no steel products.

  • Blue Collar Huntington, UT
    May 19, 2016 10:50 p.m.

    So mining coal is a broken program? If coal is a evil broken program, then you turning on your light's, washer, dryer, furnace,fridge,freezer, computer, and charging your smart phone must also be a problem. If you hate coal so bad and what coal provides and has provided then I invite you to quit being hypocritical and start living off the grid starting now.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    May 19, 2016 9:56 p.m.

    Coal critics have said that the commodity is undervalued.

    Ok. But that means there is a more demand for coal, that is why it is more valuable. I would hope (and I apologize to the miners) that as people are more aware of global warming that their energy consumption will come down but that is not happening.

    Again, the approach is to reduce the supply to make the price go up for the remaining commodicty. That is supply side environmentalism. We need demand side envinironmentalism where we all conserve so the demand goes down and the price too.

    "You picked the wrong location to look into the eyes of the people who are affected by the overreach of the federal government." I agree. Apparently the government's overreach does not seem like such a 'liberal' action anymore.

    Sorry miners, but we do need to move beyond coal. But the federal government needs to find a good way to do this and so far they are only making things worse.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 19, 2016 9:33 p.m.

    Its a little less dramatic, but this coal interest parade of humble, battered souls just trying to make a living on US land reminds me of the tobacco decline in my wife's home state of Kentucky.

    Same dynamics, the overbearing feds squeezing the life out of a proud, multigenerational way of life, despite the Tobacco companies hiring their own scientists to prove that tobacco was actually good for you.

    Today, the coal mining industry simply doesn't believe any findings that coal contributes to climate change and air pollution. Climate change is a myth, of course, and there's no point in convincing brain washed Californians to change their mind, but why can't Utah coal producers sell to Asian countries who haven't been brainwashed?

    Eerily similar to Tobacco's last days, when the narrative was "We've given up fighting the FDA as they destroy American freedom, but at least let us ship cigarettes to Asia. They don't have an FDA to tell them what's good for them. The Chinese Communists are more free than we are!"