I would like to address the so called "War on Coal."
If this "war" actually exists, it was started by then Vice President Dick Cheney and his oil and gas drilling buddies. They saw to it that the nicknamed "Halliburton loophole" was put in place.
This provision exempted oil and gas drillers from the environmental regulations of the federal Clean Air and Water acts.
This is a great competitive advantage of gas over coal. Next we have Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican House and Senate refusing to enact a proper severance tax on the gas as do many other states.
This tax could help all of Pennsylvania in its financial woes - again, a great competitive advantage of gas over coal.
In another letter, I will try to explain why the mine owners favor union busting polluters over labor favoring environment protectors.