Monday, June 07, 2010

Duke Energy and Economics

Who was it who joked that an accountant is someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing?

Duke Energy's request of coal jobbers to tell them the relative costs of coal derived from deep mines vs. coal taken from the rape of mountaintop-removal mining is being read by some as a hopeful sign, that perhaps Duke Energy is taking steps to rid itself of collusion in the environmental devastation of Central Appalachia.

The cynic in us sez, "Naw. They're just looking for collaboration that indeed strip-mined coal is the cheapest way to go."


Mike D. said...

Q. What becomes of the site after the entire mountain has been removed to ground level?

A. A level space that big with no trees on it can only mean one thing... Super WalMart time, baby!

Anonymous said...

Or a golf course, a community sports complex, etc. By the way, has anyone ever heard of the concept of planting a tree? What about reclamation? Here is a hint. It is sort of like recycling.

Anonymous said...

Bumper sticker time:

Destroy a Mountain - Plant a Tree

Anonymous said...

What about the danger of deep mining? Where would you rather work?

Anonymous said...


RV said...

I would like to hear what the coal miners think. They live there and work there.