Recently, Gov. Tomblin said, "All told, more than 63,000 West Virginians work in jobs provided by the coal industry. That is 63,000 families. Think about it for a moment -- that means approximately 250,000 people in a state with less than two million citizens are supported, in one way or another, by the mining of coal."
Some people may not agree with the work, but in times like these, a job is a job.
2. It's safer than underground mining.
Underground mining is one of the most dangerous jobs there is. Mountaintop removal is safer than going underground because there's no risk of having something cave in on you.
3. It costs less than underground mining.
In surface mining, there's no need to dig tunnels. Not digging tunnels means less heavy equipment is required, and less heavy equipment means more money saved. Also, strip mining extracts more coal per worker per hour, and more coal means more money.
4. The land is restored when mining is finished.
Since SMCRA was passed in 1997, coal companies are required to restore the land after the surface mining is done. They go back and refurbish the land, adding trees and everything else that was there before. This is called reclamation.
Coal is something we need in order to survive, and there are a lot of benefits to surface mining. What is there to complain about?