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Chapter 4: Carbon Policy: Coal
“The men who work in surface mining are terrified they will lose their jobs. I am terrified that my granddaughter will not have clean drinking water when she is of child-bearing age if we don’t stop this.”1
“Coal has been an energy that’s basically domestic, that’s affordable and reliable and dependable. Until we find the next clean fuel of the future that does everything that coal does 24/7, let’s not destroy what has brought us to where we are.”2
The year 2008 was a vintage year for financial failures. It was the year of the great housing market collapse, the Wall Street panic, the $7 billion bailout of federal ...