Large amounts of coal are heading to Asia from the Clearfield area currently. There has been a revival of the coal industry from that area. Companies like Rose Bud are seeing a boom right now with China and Korea buying all the coal they can get out of the ground. I do not know the value of coal this far west, or with development of the area if mines large enough to turn profit could even exist. As for coal on the lakes, it has been in current talks for feasibility of sending coal to Asia via the lake ports. The drawback is ship size do to the locks on the St. Lawrence river, but Baltimore and Norfolk are over capacity currently and with the introduction of contracts for coal to India something is needed to keep up with demand.
On a side note for every ton of coal we stop burning in America somebody in Asia is going to buy it and put that same smoke up into the atmosphere…
And the EPA was started in 1970 under President Nixon, much like Labor Unions the EPA was needed but due to politics has become something of a misdirected giant. For those that remember 1970 America the Cuyahoga river was burning, the Mon the Al and the Oh rivers didn’t support aquatic life, and you could dump whatever you wanted just about anywhere. Today the EPA turns blind eyes to certain industry that donate huge sums to politicians both Rep and Dem but attacks industry’s such as coal because it is the Hot Topic in Washington.
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