Coal is under increasing pressure similar to those that came to bear on tobacco.
Editor's Note: This article written three years ago looks like fortune telling as we swelter through the summer of Ought Twelve. (Article links may no longer work.)
(May 12, 2009) - ....Coal executives should by now be feeling the same cold chill up their spines that tobacco executives felt when Mississippi filed a lawsuit against their industry in 1994. The tobacco industry had years to fight back against the scaredy cats who said they were killing people.
The coal industry may not have that long. The Internet and a younger generation that is growing up revering Earth Day may bring the industry to a difficult place faster than it ever planned. Children are drawing pictures of wind turbines and sunshine when the word “energy” is brought up. That bodes ill for the coal industry...