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Call It What It Is

YES, it's a "war on coal." Because not only is coal burning energy filthy, it's dangerous and flat-out evil. All those people struggling to maintain their "way of life" are fighting to keep jobs which result in horrible deaths, either in the mines or from crippling black lung, even now. Climb out of the damned holes, people, and up into the 21st Century. Americans who fight against the new EPA guidelines to preserve this backward "way of life" are struggling for their own demise. And then the whole, "why should we change if India and China aren't going to?" What is the median age of Americans, five? We should do what's right because we're Americans, you incomprehensible MORONS! Because American is supposed to set a good example, be in the forefront of invention and innovation, and they will FOLLOW. We lead, you imbeciles! Or at least, you like to say we're the "greatest in the world." How about we PROVE IT??!

The time to clean the air is not "later," is not "someday, maybe," it's NOW. Or really, twenty years ago, when we should have started really paying attention to the guys who'd been warning us SINCE THE 1950's.


Official temperature today: 110. Temperature according to my car's thermostat: 114.

I hate summer. We didn't used to reach temperatures like this until late June. And no rain in sight.

Oops, I closed the rant, didn't I?

Got my edition of the fully restored Enemy of the World Classic Doctor Who adventure. This was one of the ones where most of the episodes were "lost," with only one surviving (included on the "Lost in Time" DVD collection--I'd seen at least that much of it), until last year when it was recovered and restored -- Doctor Two at his best!


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Jun. 3rd, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
saying that here will get you killed. And I'm not even joking. These people are still in the 1940s when coal ruled. I have parents actively trying to prevent their kids from attending school (like stealing their cars or their kids) because by god coal mining was good enough for their grand daddies so it's good enough for them.

BOTH my granddaddies were coal miners and would have skinned us alive if we had followed them into the mines because they weren't idiots. One of them died of black lung (grandma is STILL getting a check for that. Joke's on them, who would have thought she'd live to almost 100)

And the best part is I get my satellite NOT from Columbus but from frakking Charleston/Huntington WV and I have to listen to their moron politicians drone on and on about how evil the EPA is and how it's attacking their way of life. (THe EPA doesn't even have teeth any more and hasn't for years) and I can't even vote in that state.

The anti-EPA billboards around here would make your head explode.

And I have to teach these people SCIENCE.
Jun. 3rd, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
I know, but I still can't believe people actually defend that "way of life." It's a BAD way of life, one that's just begging to be changed, that NEEDS to be changed, and not just to protect the rest of the freakin' human race, but for them and for their families. Your grandfathers knew better -- I wish more of them did. (That's why the coalmining families MOVED TO COLUMBUS. Yoakam said it in song, "Readin' Writin', Route 23.")

I'm not worried about the planet -- Earth will survive and eventually recovery. But all the PEOPLE will be gone. So, I guess, let 'em kill off themselves and their families. It's not like I have any progeny to worry about. /grumble
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:03 am (UTC)
I came in coal families. I heard the stories of working for script. My grandmother (now uncle's) house was once Mine property. Hell the towns I grew up around were named for the mines, Vernon Mine, Franklin Mine, Pig Ear etc.

And we still mine there too. My high school cracked thanks to the mines. Friends houses fell into them. I used to march on a field covered in orange sulfur mud from mine run off.

It is not a good way of life.
Jun. 4th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
It's a dreadful way of life. And yet they cling to it as though their paths were paved with gold, they're so afraid of change. It's a shame for them, and it's killing everyone else.

Admittedly I come from a place of country music and research, but the stories just make me totally perplexed as to why it's the people who are defending this horrific thing (I understand it coming from politicians who are greased by mine OWNERS).
Jun. 4th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
I have no explanation for it
Jun. 3rd, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
June in Arizona is always hard. I send All the Sympathies.

Jun. 4th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
The strip mines here work nonstop, but you don't hear the rhetoric about how bad the EPA is (except when we get the ads out of KY and Mitch McConnell's ilk).

Dad worked in the mines when I was a kid, but he was an engineer - he fixed the cranes and diggers. I have photos of the machines he worked on.

The family 'farm' (a huge plot of land, now owned by my cousin as all Mom's generation sold to him) was checked over for both coal and gas, and it was left in some really weird state.
Jun. 4th, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
The worst part is, if they would open up to the changes and embrace the new, there would be plenty of new jobs for this new infrastructure. I know change is scary, but you can't fight against it forever...

Jun. 4th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
Sure you can! New stuff is terrifying. Nobody wants to be scared.
Jun. 3rd, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)

And 114?! Yowza!
Jun. 4th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
Heck, it was only 109 today. :)
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