We Agree With the United Mine Workers

Manufacturers and labor unions see eye-to-eye on the need to retain coal as an essential part of America’s energy infrastructure, especially since nine out of every 10 tons of coal dug in the United States is used to generate electricity.

Following up on the anti-carbon folderol of “Live Earth,” Reuters talked to Paul Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America, about former Vice President Al Gore’s “seven-point pledge,” which includes opposition to any new coal plants that do not capture and store the carbon dioxide they produce — even though sequestration technology is years away from practical use. Smith comments:

We believe it is the way to go, but we also believe a moratorium on any new plant is somewhat short-sighted as it could be years before the technology is developed, while the need for power is now….You are not going to be able to stop burning coal to generate electricity. And if you do not build new plants in the next 10 to 15 years, you will be relying on current plants.

It’s kind of sad that a clear statement of reality like Smith’s even needs to be said, or makes news, but then reality has never gotten in the way of Al Gore’s messianism before.

We wonder. Does Robert F. Kennedy Jr. consider the United Mine Workers to be traitors?

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