Local “greens” echo there is no benefit to Tacoma from coal trains passing through. Last year, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced coal lease sales in Wyoming that could generate up to $21 billion in bid and royalty revenue.
The Powder River Basin (PRB) in eastern Wyoming and Montana contains the largest source of low-cost, concentrated, quality energy on this planet. The PRB has over 200 billion tons of coal. This basin is prized for “clean” coal, according to the Wyoming State Geological Survey, among others.
Taxes and royalties (federal and local) paid by PRB coal producers in 2008 totaled over $1.75 billion. In addition, consider the hundreds of millions of dollars spent in states by coal producers for supplies; services; and federal, state and local taxes. All this for just one year.
Coal contributes to federal grants that benefit cities across this country. How much are heavily subsidized wind and solar sources contributing?
CO2-caused warming is an “agenda” unsupported by current climate science and solar physics. The administration uses the Environmental Protection Agency to mandate, through a corrupt process, what it cannot achieve through legislation. Don’t believe the “no benefit” lie.