Friday, July 18, 2014

Positives to Negatives

In 1970 there was smog creeping across almost every landscape and cities like Louisville had a blanket. The water ways were also badly polluted and some rivers even caught fire. If you could find fish in the river they were too toxic to eat.

In 1970 the clean air act was passed and was a very positive thing so that now our air is safe to breathe. Then in 1972 the clean water act was passed and our rivers are now safe to use. Both of these acts were and are positive actions by our government for the general good of the country.

Today we have a senator running for re-election who refers to these two very positive laws passed in the 1970's as Obama's War on Clean Coal. He has taken a positive action and rephrased to as a negative for purely political reasons. I am not buying it at all. Clean air and clean water are important for all of us. No matter how much the coal industry contributes to his coffers it doesn’t change the facts.

The coal companies have saturated the media with the term “Clean Coal” which is a contradiction in terms. Coal is not clean by any stretch of the term. The best coal is still dirty and pollutes our air and water. Coal may be an economic giant in Kentucky and is loosing ground to natural gas for electric production but it is not more important than clean air and water.


  1. Agreed. But instead of him just trying to put lipstick on a pig, is he doing anything to help diversify Kentucky's coal-country economy?