The USA gov't gave into environmentalists in Utah
and squashed plans to mine their
abundant, most cleanest burning coal in the world.


To continue to "waste" clean-burning coal reserves;
and to ignore large domestic deposits of our cleanest-burning coal
only increases our dependence on foreign energy sources
and reduces our energy and national security.

The following news story about there not being any coal for people living in the coal capital of Pennsylvania brings new meaning to the phrase "the Road to Wigan Pier" which is the title of Orwell's 1937 book about the struggling coal miners of northern England. In coal-rich Wigan the families of the coal miners couldn't get any coal either. Thousands of coal miners were out of work and the company wasn't supplying free coal to local residents. Orwell witnessed miners scrambling over the company's burning slag heaps stealing whatever pieces of discard coal they could scrounge:


England's once thriving coal communities, like Newcastle, are now importing coal from Russia. Maybe one day Pennsylvania will be too. ~ Jackie Jura

Anthracite coal shortage causes scramble
by Michael Rubinkam, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Feb 25, 2005

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- How's this for irony: Pennsylvania sits atop 7 billion tons of anthracite coal, but consumers who use it for home heating have been having a tough time getting it this winter. Coal yards in Schuylkill County, the nation's No. 1 producer of anthracite, say they are rationing coal to existing customers and telling new ones to look elsewhere. "I've been burning coal for 20 years, and this is the first year I've had any trouble getting it," said George Watts, of Dillsburg, who uses coal in his home and business.

The culprit is lack of production. Most coal for home heating comes from underground mines, and the number of working anthracite mines is steadily dwindling. Miners say it's getting harder to earn a living because of the increased cost of worker's compensation insurance, along with stagnant coal prices. But most of their ire is directed at the federal mine inspectors who they say are hassling them out of existence. It's a long-running battle that's resulted in the closure of scores of mines.

The shortage potentially affects thousands of homeowners who still heat with anthracite, a hard coal mined only in eastern Pennsylvania. Some worry that if the shortage persists, they'll have to convert to a more expensive kind of heat, like oil or gas.

Candice Craig has more basic concerns. Her coal hopper was nearly empty a few weeks ago, and with the Northeast in a deep freeze, she worried about keeping her 2-year-old daughter warm. The yard where Craig usually buys her coal said it had none to sell her. Other retailers also turned her down. Craig finally found a retailer willing to sell her a tiny size of anthracite called undersized rice, which is used up more quickly than the larger size she typically gets. She burned through nearly $200 worth of coal in two weeks, straining the household budget.

"You wonder how they can have a shortage," Craig said. "We are the coal capital of Pennsylvania and there is no coal here."

Evidence of a shortage is, so far, anecdotal; the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has not yet released 2004 production statistics, let alone figures for January and February. But wholesalers, retailers, miners and consumers say there's not enough. "There are still some folks who are heating their homes with coal and they are having a hard time purchasing the product," said Paul Hummel, chief of the state Bureau of Deep Mine Safety.

In Schuylkill County, about 70 miles northwest of Philadelphia and the epicenter of the anthracite industry, coal processors say they are churning out far less than normal. Some have shuttered completely on days when there was not enough coal to start the plant. Delivery trucks line up six or eight at a time and wait hours for their loads.

Coal taken from strip mines is readily available, but the recovery rate, or percentage of usable coal extracted from each ton of raw material, is a lot lower than it is for coal taken from deep mines. That's because there is a lot more dirt and rock mixed in. And that means less coal processed during an eight-hour shift.

The problem is largely confined to Pennsylvania, home to nine of the 10 counties with the highest number of households using coal for heating, according to census data. Fifteen percent of Schuylkill County households, about 9,000, heat with coal, according to the 2000 Census.

DiRenzo Coal Co., a processing plant that sells directly to the public, has been giving priority to customers who rely on coal as their sole source of heat. But general manager Mike DiRenzo said it's tough to tell whether people are being truthful. "It is a juggling act that no one wants to deal with. It shouldn't be like this in Pennsylvania, especially right in the middle of the coal field," said DiRenzo, whose company is processing 75 percent less coal than normal.

At Pine Creek Coal Co., phones ring constantly with homeowners saying they are running out. "I'm not taking any new customers at this point. I can barely supply the customers I have," said Robert J. Klinger, whose grandfather started the business. With demand this healthy, why not simply boost production?

Although economic conditions play a big role, miners are quick to blame the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, whose inspectors have been citing anthracite mines with increased frequency. Miners say the federal law dealing with mine safety is geared toward bituminous coal, a softer coal that is mined in over half the country and fuels most of the nation's coal-fired power plants; they want laws that make sense for anthracite mining. Because bituminous coal and anthracite coal are mined differently, Pennsylvania has two separate mine safety laws, one for each type. MSHA began stepping up enforcement of the federal law after a new management team from the bituminous coal fields was installed in the agency's Wilkes-Barre office. Federal violations shot up 60 percent from 2000 to 2003 before dipping slightly in 2004, and many underground mine operators left the business. Violations issued by state inspectors went down each of those years before ticking up in 2004.

"Our own government is stabbing us in the back and putting us out of business, and we're not big enough for people to care," said Larry Graver, a fifth-generation coal miner who left the mines to work at a processing plant.

Cindy Rothermel, who operates an underground mine with her husband, Randy, compared the lines at coal processing plants to those at gas stations during the 1970s energy crisis. She said she gets six to 10 calls a day from homeowners seeking to buy coal directly from them. "Folks are getting frozen pipes," she said. "It all boils down to MSHA closing the mines."

John Correll, deputy assistant secretary of MSHA, said in a statement that regulatory enforcement has helped drive down fatalities throughout the industry. Still, MSHA sent a top official to meet with U.S. Rep Tim Holden and miners earlier this month. Holden, D-Pa., said he received assurances that MSHA would be more "consumer friendly." "I've heard those promises before," Holden said, "and they haven't happened."

USA gov't gave into environmentalists in Utah and squashed plans to mine their abundant, most cleanest burning coal in the world (1.7 million acres in Southern Utah declared as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, by President Clinton on September 18, 1996...The President failed to adequately consider the environmental implications of national monument designation, such as that the 62 billion tons of coal deposits in the Kaiparowits Coal Basin is an extremely efficient low-sulfur, clean-burning coal and that given the vast reserves of clean-burning coal available, it is not environmentally nor economically sound to continue to "waste" clean-burning coal reserves; and to ignore large domestic deposits of our cleanest-burning coal only increases our dependence on foreign energy sources and reduces our energy and national security...)


Sarah at coal country Scranton Pennsylvania rally (sings Proud to be an American with Greenwood) & Palin touts Pennsylvania coal in Biden's hometown (Biden said there's no such thing as clean coal & even if there were, in an Obama admin it would be fine if China used it but it would not be used here at home). Delaware, Oct 16, 2008. Go to 8.Keeping Masses Down

"Pitbull with lipstick" Palin leashed & unleashed (she's run a state, led a National Guard; has more executive experience than Obama Bin Lyin' and Biden) & Hank Williams Jr sings McCain-Palin Tradition (they don't have radical friends to whom their careers are linked) & Obama's terrorist friends (fugitives from justice involved in bombings) & Obama's strange bedfellows (not God bless America but God damn). Del/Times/UTube, Oct 14-15, 2008. Go to 35.The Brotherhood & SARAH SHAKING THINGS UP & PALIN EXPERIENCE IS PRESIDENTIAL & DRILL SARAH BABY DRILL & PALIN RIGHT ON RUSSIA

China polluting coal plants surging (despite environmental damage). Herald Tribune, Jul 26, 2007
BEIJING: Coal consumption by China's power companies soared nearly 18 percent in the first half of this year from a year ago, a state news agency said Wednesday, despite rising concern about pollution and efforts to promote cleaner energy sources. Chinese utilities burned a total of 591 million tons of coal in January-June, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing the official power industry association, the China Electricity Council. China's coal consumption has soared in recent years to meet surging power demand amid an economic boom. The country is building dozens of new coal-fired power plants every year, despite government warnings about environmental damage from pollution. The government has been pushing power companies to switch to cleaner power sources such as natural gas. But demand is rising so fast that China is expected to rely on its dirty but abundant coal reserves for most of its power in coming years.

China pollution hitting America (causing weather chaos). HeraldTrib/WallJourn, Jul 26, 2007



China canary in coal mine ( most polluted on planet: wheat kernels dark-sooty-hollow-twisted) & China exempt from cutting greenhouse gases (in spite of world-leading coal use) & Dark cloud of pollution over Hong Kong (from smokestacks of China mainland) & Stinky, oily, orange snow in Russia (nuclear-industrial-radioactive pollution). GlobeMail/Telegraph/Guardian Feb 3, 2007


*"Humans are to blame" says UN (says "Americans worst polluters on planet") & UN weather report is a "Corruption of Science" ("a political document...a hoax") & UN mandates that the science be altered ("not approved by scientists but by political delegates of the UN"), ICN/Times/CFP Feb 3, 2007

JOURNEY TO ORWELL'S JURA, from Pilgrimage to Orwell, by Jackie Jura
...There was a stack of coal in clear plastic bags destined, we assumed, for Barnhill. I imagined it to be a gift to Orwell from the coal-miners he'd immortalized in The Road to Wigan Pier. He said, "Our civilization is founded on coal and in the metabolism of the Western world the coal-miner is second in importance only to the man who ploughs the soil...You could quite easily drive a car right across the north of England and never once remember that hundreds of feet below the road you are on the miners are hacking at the coal. Yet in a sense it is the miners who are driving your car forward. Their lamp-lit world down there is as necessary to the daylight world above as the root is to the flower'. Orwell would be disgusted with the treatment of the coal-miners these days who are permanently out of work while coal is brought to Newcastle on Russian ships. I'd read about it in Canada just before leaving and had looked for coverage of outrage in England but I'd found none.



9.Keeping Masses Down and 5.Pyramidal New World Order and 11.Ministry of Plenty (Starvation)

Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~