Thursday, February 14, 2013
Today our Michigan governor's office held the first of several public forums that they have scheduled about energy. I attended, and had to drive to the state capitol to participate. There were lots of facts and figures bandied about, which was what they said they were looking for. I made one of the personal, somewhat emotional statements. All the coal burned here in Michigan has to be imported, and the devastation caused by the mining practices is out of sight and usually out of mind. I spoke about how my mom, in 1968, turned down $100,000 a coal company offered for the farm in the eastern coal area that had been in the family for generations in order to save the land from mountaintop removal. She also convinced her cousins in that area not to sell. I hope my relating her sacrifice will help make a difference. There is no such thing as clean coal!!