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Any effort to retain coal as an energy option must not only be based on reducing carbon emissions; but must also include a radical change in current mining practices.
Coal is relatively cheap now in part because the Bush administration allowed "strip & run" methods such as "mountaintop removal" and failed to enforce safety regulations at the mines.
The true price of coal must include the cost of strict safety compliance and "lowest-impact" mining technology; which would include the full reclamation of mining sites.
"Clean coal" (if such can exist) must be defined from mine site, to the smoke-stack and finally the ash pile. Carbon emissions are not the only issue.
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