21st Century Boogey Man   1 comment

Coal is the 21st century boogey man. Environmentalists are convinced that coal is the most horrible pollutant possible and have convinced communities that they even need to be terrified of shipping coal through their towns, stifling development, sometimes costing those towns many jobs, even their economic vitality.


In Oregon and other Northwest ports, communities are killing projects simply because they fear global warming or have been convinced that they’ll all develop black lung from trains carrying coal on train cars.

The Precautionary Principle insists that if there is any risk whatsoever to a venture it is better not to do it. The miners in Montana and Wyoming should just find jobs at McDonalds: the rail cars can run empty (since we can’t layoff unneeded rail workers), the port workers will never miss the jobs that weren’t created, and Asia should run its factories on solar power because American environmentalists know more about these things than any of them do.

Again, our betters will do our thinking for us. We don’t need no stinking jobs!


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