Letter to the Editor: Benefits of coal mining in Colorado

Below are links to a letter to the editor and to an op eds by CMA published in the Denver Post and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

To the Editor:

Professor Mark Squillace’s call for an end to coal use is contrary to the best interests of Colorado and to public education.   Colorado mines have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coal royalties, the bulk of which is returned to Colorado to support public schools.

Squillace doesn’t just bite the hand that feeds education; his column displays little knowledge of coal mining and ignores federal lands laws.    The lands in question are not wilderness, but have supported coal mining for years.   Congress has also directed that these lands be managed for multiple uses under a variety of laws.

Squillace’s ivory tower extremism is out of touch with the views of Colorado’s leaders, including Governor Hickenlooper and former Governors Ritter and Owens, who all supported rules authorizing the mine’s continued operation.     And the emissions from coal produced by the West Elk Mine would be less than one–half of one percent of total U. S. annual emissions.

Stuart A. Sanderson
Colorado Mining Association

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: http://www.gjsentinel.com/opinion/articles/wobbekinds-woebegone-predictions-for-coal-ignore-t

Denver Post: http://blogs.denverpost.com/eletters/2015/12/24/benefits-of-coal-mining-in-colorado/40314/