Once upon a time, I believed the future of coal looked promising.
That was in 1980, when I was the regional editor for the National Woodstove and Fireplace Journal, a trade magazine.
I wrote a number of articles on how clean-burning anthracite coal was, and in general promoted coal, along with wood burning stoves and fireplaces.
Since then I have learned that coal has more problems than benefits. The most recent argument against using coal came up in December, when a major coal-ash spill coated a neighborhood in Tennessee near the Kingston Fossil Plant.
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