Frustration sets in after coal mine health study suspended

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  • worf McAllen, TX
    Nov. 12, 2017 10:05 p.m.

    Health study?

    This has been studied for decades.

    No one is forced into coal mines any more than an athlete is forced onto a football field.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 11, 2017 1:00 p.m.

    Trumps fatuous politics of make America great again by turning back progress and history a hundred years.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 12:10 p.m.

    There's a picture of trump signing one of his steakhouse menu sized orders amidst a group of 'miners' in hard hats which rolls back regulations preventing mines from dumping waste into streams. That was on February 16 of this year.
    Trump isn't concerned about the health of miners. He wants their votes while they're alive.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:43 a.m.

    Its time to fess up to the reality that improvements in artificial intelligence, and robot technology have made many of the manufacturing jobs from the '60's and 70's obsolete!

    Justified restrictions on the externalities of coal burning, and mining, have made coal production too expensive to compete with natural gas, and now even solar!

    Soon we will have electric cars, autonomous, (driverless cars), and large trucks that will cause major disruptions in the transportation industry.

    It's time to say goodbye to the past and look to the future and figure out how we are going to restructure society to reflect these changes!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:37 a.m.

    To quote Trump... he knew what he was signing up for. He got his money.... now get out of the way so we can create more coal jobs.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:38 a.m.

    Part Two:

    Things have changed since the early days of mining and stricter standards have been followed. Sometimes workers, btw, would not wear protective gear if they thought it unmanly or unnecessary, and that included breathing devices down the mineshafts. A full and open consideration would be welcomed by most I think, but there must be a way to keep up employment where possible, without shutting everything down.

    Some would restrict industry to the point that we might all be working in the soul-destroying field of telephonic customer service. Souls need protecting too, and we badly need more tradesmen skilled in building and maintenance trades and a return to at least a few more people employed in craftsmanship. We need to reopen factories; they are not all hazards to our health, or do we want all of our manufactures to be at a risk to 'foreigners' rather than ourselves?

    All the "wealth of nations", said Adam Smith, lies in the earth and in the physical muscle and brains of mankind. Let's be thoughtful and let us be practical too. Let's see a good study and its truly scientific results.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:29 a.m.

    Matter of fact, President Trump has promoted only the mining of "clean coal" which I am assuming means anthracite rather than the bituminous variety. I would like to see the study completed and its results known, if the study be truly scientific and not marred by pre-judging the issue on either side.

    It is an important issue. We don't want to see willing workers idle but also want the work to be safer and pollution issues taken seriously. There is more than one side to an issue, usually at least three perspectives or more. Many miners used to end up with "black lung" and some died or were killed due to subterranean subsidence and collapses of pit props, and those in the neighborhoods nearest the mines saw the old smokestacks and breathed some of the polluted air. Perhaps a good study would tell us that in a manner free from prejudice. Strides have been made and others may yet follow.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:30 a.m.

    @Impartial7 " Our world is upside down and Americans voted for it."

    We are going through a "fascist move" as Karl Polanyi would say it. And it is nearly a fascist movement. Just like Hitler ran on the idea of the German "folk," Trump runs on a similar demographic, the poorly educated Southern white.

    Warning: war with North Korea will solidify the emerging fascist dictatorship.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:11 a.m.

    Truth is an enemy of money, power and their companion -- corruption.

    trump hates the truth.

    He and his minions will do anything they can to kill truth.

    Make America Sane (and Safe) Again

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 8:28 a.m.

    ""I think the interference with the scientific process for political reasons is lamentable," Borak said."

    Get used to it. This is life in Trump's world. All science is fake science. Just like anything true about Trump's behavior is "fake news". Our world is upside down and Americans voted for it.