Coal Mining Essay

669 WordsFeb 7, 20123 Pages
Coal Mining Before you can understand the politics of regulation of coal production and its use, you have to understand the coal miner. Many if not most people have the idea that coal mining means rickety dangerous elevators and long hard days picking away in the deep dark core of the earth. The thought of working for a cold-hearted industry might also come to mind. Other words that may come to mind that describe the coal miner might be poverty and oppression. All in all, in many ways all of these words are correct. Coal mining is a not a dream job or something you go to college to learn to do. It is a job full of danger and repression that sucks men in and most are never to become anything else but a coal miner. Generations of families have worked in the mines and will continue to work in the mines. In many families, it is expected that their sons will work in the mines just like their fathers did before them regardless of the risk. The miners and future miners in training are continually putting their lives at risk from day to day, just so that the American consumer will not have to do without things. Just like every American with electricity, it is expected for the light to turn on when you flip the switch. However, many Americans probably have never thought about what powers that electricity or those hardworking the miners we know so little about. Currently, about fifty percent of our electricity is powered by coal. The miners of West Virginia risk their lives every day to mine for “black gold” or coal as we know it. They are willing to risk their lives to drill in to the deep layers of strata to find this prized brownish, black sedimentary rock. Because of the combustible nature of coal and lack of ventilation in the mines, death is never far away from the communities of West Virginia. There have been explosions that have devastated many families of the

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