‘Energy’ companies should diversify

February 1, 2014

Murray Energy is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?

First of all, putting scrubbers on coal-fired power plants would improve the air quality for all our grandchildren, including Murray Energy staff. Is this not part of what the EPA is for?

Secondly, there used to be 145,000 union coal miners in West Virginia and roughly 125,000 in Pennsylvania. There are now between 7,000 to 9,000 mostly-nonunion miners today in West Virginia working an average of 60 hours per week. Who’s taking all the coal jobs? Coal corporations tout the fact that they are “energy” corporations, not just coal. Then why are they not building solar and wind energy factories and hiring these lost coal miners to demonstrate them? Earning a $1.6 billion profit in one quarter surely indicates the money is there. And as long as the sun shines and the wind blows, there will be jobs.

The bottom line is this: Our biggest obligation in this world is to ensure our grandchildren and those yet to be born are left with clean air, water, forests, peace, and a conscience to maintain them. Don’t get me wrong, I am as guilty as anyone for shirking my duties, but make no mistake about it, I am not naive, and at least I am trying to do the right thing so that my grandchildren do not look at me as a “criminal ancestor.”

Ron Teska

Belleville, W.Va.


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