31 Aug '11, 10am

Can coal ever be clean? Wait, don't answer that.

Can coal ever be clean? Wait, don't answer that.

Can coal ever be clean? Wait, don't answer that. Photo: Nick Humphries West Virginia state leaders were in an uproar last week over a remark about coal made by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, elder statesman and one of the longest-serving members of the U.S. Congress. Did he call us inbred hillbillies? Based on the angry reactions politicians like Sen. Joe Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, you might think so (oh, wait -- that came from coal industry lawyers, as reporter Ken Ward Jr. reminded us in his excellent post about this whole flap). Instead, Conyers simply had the audacity to suggest that the jury is out on whether coal can be clean, and that coal is perhaps not the golden ticket to economic nirvana for mining states like West Virginia. Specifically, he said this: There's a big campaign going on about how you clean coal and we want to examine that as critically and ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-08-26-conyers-coal-and-the...

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