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basis. In fact, I’ve met grade school teachers who admitted that before they had attended a National Energy Foundation teacher’s conference, they daily taught that coal mining did us no good; it was, in their opinion, destructive and needed to be stopped. After attending the conference and learning just how important coal was to our lives – that it is our rock – they began to share the facts with their students. These creative “realities” speak loudly to the work that we, in the coal industry, have before us. It is up to us to educate people about coal in our publications, the media, our schools, and in our communities. So, to help you in this education effort we’ve put together another strong issue of American Coal, in which we consider how to promote energy generation development and infrastructure investments. We also look at the unintended consequences and cumulative impacts of the anti-energy NIMBY efforts to shut down development. We introduce the notion of actively engaging in land use planning processes as a means of protecting your development plans and recognize that coal is the basis of the three E’s of security for the country. In


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the rest of the issue, we tackle Climategate and look at how poorly designed energy policy and overzealous public nuisance litigation continue to hamper affordable energy production. We then move on to look at PACE, a group that is working to promote balanced energy policy for the country and find ways to make CO2 and marketing pay despite the down economy. Then we wrap things up by looking at innovation in the industry and the partnership between coal and railroads. We’ve tried to give you the information you need to stand up for coal in your every day lives. As we’ve said before in this magazine, you can hold your head high when you say you work in the coal industry and that you’re partly responsible for keeping the lights on. The reality is that in every sense of the word, coal is our rock. By helping to provide coal to the country, you help to provide a rock solid foundation for our energy supply and economy. You help to keep the price of our energy low. You play a role in providing hundreds of thousands of careers to our families and friends. You are part of the force that is investing billions in new capital expenditures, new

developments, and providing the goods and services that our country uses every day. You are helping to promote a strong tax base from royalty and severance payments, business, and personal income taxes that support our communities and schools. As we put more clean coal technologies in place, you’re helping to make our air cleaner and our country more livable. Coal is OUR ROCK because it is a domestic energy resource that is mined, transported, and used right here in America, by men and woman like you. Having a few special interest groups and elected officials ignore the reality of coal’s vital role in our lives doesn’t make it any less vital. Having them attack you and your role in providing the country with much needed clean, affordable, and abundant energy doesn’t make your work any less important. They stand up in front of the world and boldly state that they’re “rejecting reality and substituting their own,” but that doesn’t change the fact that people wake up in the morning expecting their lights to come on. The facts remain. We need coal to meet our energy needs. We need coal; it’s our rock.  u

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Profile for American Coal Council

American Coal Issue 1 2010  

American Coal Issue 1 2010