Last Wednesday’s Business section of the Daily News featured an article on the possible demise of the reign of coal in Kentucky.
But surely the headline and picture of the mourning miner that implied a “grieving farewell” was a misprint? Shouldn’t the headline have read boldly – “Good riddance to the king”? What sane person would for one minute not want to speed the passing of a despotic ruler that had gruesomely caused the death by oxygen deprivation (black lung disease) of more than 70,000 of its minions in 50 years, the poisoning by mercury and other toxic substances of a whole state’s waters, slurry slides that destroy property and lives, mountains, forests and wildlife that can never be restored or reclaimed? And I highlight only a few of the atrocities of coal’s rule.
Perhaps the pictured miner is moved with the overwhelming emotion of release from being enslaved by such an empire and is grateful to the bottom of his lungs for the ascending coalition of clean energy rulers, Solar, Wind and Water.
One can hope that the governments of Muhlenberg County and the expertise and money of TVA will combine to raise the wealth and health of all the people through bringing clean energy industry and jobs to the state.
Good riddance to the king, hail to the Clean Energy Coalition!