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Nov. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Clean coal is a viable possibility

As a small girl, I visited the museum in Chicago. There was a coal mine there and around the mine was everything that derived from coal. There was plastic, aspirin, stockings, perfumes. On this discovery as I look now, why? Is it that people say it is a dirty energy?

A man can walk on the moon, and we can send ships under large depths of water. Why is it that coal can't become a clean energy? I think that coal can become a clean energy and the scientists know that it can, but because of politics, West Virginia has remained a poor state, such as Tennessee and Kentucky. It's all about money.

There are powerful people who don't want these states to become wealthy in their own right. That's shameful.

Our Sen. Manchin is from West Virginia, from the same city I came from, Fairmont. Stand up for us, Sen. Manchin. Let us live prosperously and grow. Don't fall in with those closed-minded people of Washington.

I love my state from the mountains to the hollows. But people of power rule West Virginia's destiny. When it comes to cleaning the coal, there will be a lot of carpetbaggers ready to reap the reward of our resources and even bring in outside workers to work our coal and push West Virginians out.

Stand up for coal. Keep your eyes on the prize, and that's coal!

Brenda C. Randolph


Coal meeting sites were not a big deal

I'm writing from one coal state (Wyoming) to another in reply to Mr. Roberts' opinion article discussing the U.S. EPA coal "listening tours" not being conducted in coal-producing states.

The locations where these meetings occurred were not to suppress the voice of the coal industry; they are simply the locations of each of the EPA's regional headquarters.

West Virginia falls under EPA Region 3, whose regional office is located in Philadelphia, Pa .

My state, Wyoming, falls in Region 8, whose office is located in Denver, Colo.

Some of the coal companies out here actually chartered buses and took their employees to the Denver meeting. So in turn, the location wasn't that big of a deal anyway.

Sometimes it helps to take off the tinfoil hat and do five minutes of coherent research.

Frank Lehnerz

Laramie, Wyo.



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