Contributions from Coal

@worldwise1 (14892)
United States
August 17, 2007 6:09pm CST
With the Utah mining tragedies fresh in everyone's minds, I thought I would share this factoid that I learned today. I knew that coal was a valuable(and controversial) resource, but I did not know that about half of our technology is powered by coal resources. I would say that makes it all the more important that stricter safety measures be instituted to protect the brave miners who risk their lives each day.
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@pismeof (855)
• United States
17 Aug 07
I feel bad for the Miners and their families.This isn't the first time a cave-in has occured , It's a lot like other dangerous occupations there are no guarantees.If the coal miners are concerned about a particular situation that isn't safe they should work along with the company to solve the issue.
@worldwise1 (14892)
• United States
18 Aug 07
You are right, pismeof, and the workers who walked away a few days ago because they felt the job was too dangerous had every right to. I was really hoping they would get to those men though for the sake of the families and friends.
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
21 Aug 07
Someone needs to take action. Nothing is 100% no matter what it is but you would think their safety is of number one importance. I don't blame anyone who would walk away. I would not like my loved one to work in a mine. These miners need to be thanked everyday for how hard they work.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
21 Aug 07
I think they should make stricter safety measures also. There have been so many freaky accidents in the last few years.
@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
18 Aug 07
Yes it is a risky job for the miner all the time and on the otherhand coal is a essential source of energy in this world. I do not know why there is no other alternative way to collect the coals from the mines rather putting the human being in that risky dark place. We should invent al alternative for this and why not? When we are doing the unbelievable thing on the space through under the sea then we must get a way for this.
@weemam (13389)
18 Aug 07
my Dad was a miner 60 years ago and it was really dangerous then , My hubbys granddad was killed down the pit , Idon't think people realize just what a dangerous job it was xx
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
18 Aug 07
Good ideas. Coal is very important to this country. I think there is some 200 or 300 years worth still in the ground. Maybe technology will improve and coal will become even more valuable for energy.
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
18 Aug 07
We are such a technology driven society anymore, and we rapidly use our resources, and every day they come up with new products that depend upon electricity. Everything seems to be electric, and much coal is used to produce that electricity. I often wonder why, as a society, we aren't looking into more solar energy and wind technology, and making it affordable to the masses. My heart is with those poor coal miners and their families! Yes, I knew that fact. I wish they could make these mines safer for the workers, it's such a dangerous profession!