I was impressed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller's article offering a hard but realistic assessment of coal's future. Politicians disrespect people if they hide from them hard truths about their industry and jobs. Employers manipulate employees by claiming closings are due to EPA regulations knowing decisions were made due to natural gas competition.
Rockefeller's concern for constituents was particularly evident in his discussion of coal's effects on the health of miners and their communities. I was reminded of a Baltimore community organizer running a community farm near the port, and teaching neighborhood children how to farm. He noticed many children had trouble breathing. In recent years, their neighborhood was covered with coal dust containing mercury and arsenic because the port began shipping more coal overseas. Coal exports increased due to the nationwide conversion of many utility plants to natural gas. Consequently, neighborhoods near the port began living with coal dust everywhere, and the children became sick from breathing it.
The community organizer joined a local organization that participated with other organizations to sue the U.S. Export-Import Bank to stop them from financing loans to export coal.
Nobody wants his livelihood to harm children, and nobody likes being lied to.
Member of Citizens Climate Lobby
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