Reacting to the President’s Speech in West Virginia about Coal

By August 1, 2008Energy, Global Warming

Charleston Gazette, article: “At West Virginia resort, Bush praises coal power“:

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – President George W. Bush touted coal during a speech at The Greenbrier hotel on Thursday, but didn’t stop there, as he promoted virtually every means of domestic power production as a pathway to energy independence.

“There is no more reliable source of electricity than coal,” Bush told the crowd of about 450 people gathered for the West Virginia Coal Association’s annual meeting.

“Coal is affordable. Coal is available right here. And coal provides jobs,” he said.

Charleston Daily Mail, editorial: “Bush is right about coal power“:

PRESIDENT Bush’s address on Thursday to the West Virginia Coal Association showed that for an oil man from Texas, he understands the state and the product it is most known for.

Unlike Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, Bush knows that coal is not making America sick.

Rather, the electricity that coal provides makes the American economy healthy and strong.

“One of the challenges is energy prices,” Bush said. “I’m a big believer in technology and innovation. Technology can change basic industry to keep us competitive and economically viable in the future.

“In order for this country to be economically competitive, we need to make sure we have a reliable supply of electricity. There is no more reliable source of electricity than coal. Coal is affordable and coal is available right here in the United States of America. Coal allows us to keep our prices reasonable, and it provides jobs.”

Bush is most correct. Coal not only provides jobs in the coalfields, but the cheap electricity it produces makes many other industries possible.

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