Gallery: Ken Salazar Announces More Public Land in Wyoming to be Auctio...


With the abundance of alternative energy sources available at our fingertips, coal mining seems a little archaic. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar disagrees — at a press conference on Tuesday he promoted the federal government’s recent approval of public land to be used for coal mining in Wyoming. The new strip mines will be located in the Powder River Basin, and are thought to yield 758 million tons of coal over the next 20 years.

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  1. caeman March 24, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Coal is a necessary evil. It seems easy for enviro-hippies to demand a ban on it, but the until those “readily available” alternative energy sources actually begin producing the prerequisite power this nation needs, then coal and nuclear are the only ways to keep us going. Coal is also cheap. The great majority of Americans earn $40k or less. Energy bills are already too expensive for many of them.

    And Coal plants don’t melt down.

    We have the technology to capture coal plant emissions and recycle the useful stuff for other industries.

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