Know Coal…or NO COAL!

There was a Know Coal Meeting at the Palmer Depot today.


I had wanted to attend to find out more about their goals but I was at a Board of Equalization meeting. I stopped by and talked to Penny Nixon above and fellow Realtor Reggie Belden below who were with a group picketing outside.

Reggie Belden

I don’t know if it was overtly political, but there was obviously a different crowd inside as opposed to outside as was evident from more than a few bumper stickers.

Bumper Sticker

I’m really not up on this subject and I’m certainly not opposed to alternative energy as evident by my previous post here. But also, I am open to all energy alternatives, even coal.

Someone once told me that the stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. The hydro-carbon age won’t end because we run out of oil, either. It will end because we find a better way to produce and use energy. We should all keep open minds about energy…use it, but also think of ways to produce cheaper, cleaner energy.

If alternative energy isn’t cheaper, it isn’t going to be used. Sometimes I wonder if the alternative energy zealots want to make it relatively less expensive by driving up the cost of conventional energy production. Coal is obviously an inexpensive way to produce and store energy, but it may have other expenses that are too costly. I’m still in open-mind mode on this question.