With all the rhetoric about ‘keeping the lights on in America’, it’s interesting to know that China’s imports of coal has gone up a staggering 700%. West Virginia is benefiting short term from exports of coal overseas, however, what are the long term results on the economy of the state? Coal is dwindling in Appalachia, and most of the profits are not benefiting the local economies, other than the also dwindling job markets. And much of this coal is not even benefiting American energy, but being burned in countries where the restrictions on pollution are less, and demand is up dramatically.
So in the end, we have a more polluted world, profits going out of Appalachia, and dwindling long term resources for those who claim the argument that coal will be the only source of renewable energy for our country in the next few decades.
The arguments for coal as a viable energy resource for the United States is full of holes. The fact is that coal companies are only concerned with profits in the short term, and not with the long term effects on Appalachia or the U.S.
Establishing renewable energy sources such as solar or wind is the most undeniably important and pressing issue for the Health, Welfare, Economy, Security, and Future of the United States of America.