Washington showing glimmer of hope for coal

Published 10:15 am Thursday, August 26, 2010

An interesting article, “Capital Culture-Obama’s electric car campaign rolls on,” appeared in the Aug. 24 edition of The (Ashland, Ky.) Independent.

It seems that Mr. David Sandalow, the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for policy and international affairs, is commuting to work daily in a vehicle powered by a small amount of gas and a battery that needs to be recharged every night from an ordinary electric outlet.

This is quite a statement from one of the government’s driving forces behind the shift toward electric cars.

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This news is refreshing inasmuch as it should stimulate coal production to produce the electricity to charge the batteries on this new line of vehicles.

Even at a time when other factions in Washington would want to stop all coal mining in this country, it is good to know there is someone there who cares.

By these actions, Mr. Sandalow is surely a friend of coal, and I would hope that someone attending the Kentucky Coal Association/ Faces of Coal rally in D.C. on Sept.15 would stop by and leave him some “Friends of Coal” bumper stickers for his car.

I would also hope that some of the Tribune readers might be able to attend this rally also.

John F. Enyart

Ashland, Ky.