Mt. Vernon Register-News


May 15, 2014

In defense of coal

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the letter from Mr. Edmison on May 10.

I too am a member of the Tri-County Cooperative but I don’t share his lack of concern regarding the impact the Obama EPA restrictions will have on the availability and future cost of electricity, not to mention potential for the loss of jobs in the coal and power industries.

Obama campaigned in 2008 and stated he would not prohibit the building of new coal fired power generating plants, but that the restrictions he would place on them would bankrupt them. That is his choice of words, “bankrupt.” He was and still appears to be anti-coal.

Any reasonable person is concerned about protecting the environment and I don’t question that. But the campaign to promote human induced CO2 Global Warming is losing ground. This is no such thing as “settled science.” The scientific method is an ongoing process always seeking to improve our knowledge of natural phenomena. To declare that the science “is in” and there needs be more debate is disturbing.

In fact, more scientists every day are speaking out regarding the lack of physical data indicating that human caused CO2 emissions are causing global warming. The balance seems to be shifting toward natural cyclic fluctuations with CO2 a minor factor. But the actual causes of global warming are still not understood and won’t be if the scientific method is not allowed to continue as it should.

Ms. Scott is simply asking for support for keeping all current energy sources in play (including coal) until alternative approaches are available. Obama’s approach discouraging the use of coal could have a significant impact on energy production in the future.

I concur with Ms. Scott’s position and forward my concerns to Ms. Gina McCarthy the current administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency via the National Rural Electrification Cooperative Association (NRECA) website,

I encourage others to let the Obama Administration know that coal is still a vital part of our economy and major supplier of the tremendous energy requirements that support our culture … yes even cell phones an I-pads. What will we do without them?

Michael B. Wilderman

Mt. Vernon

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