Coal is the enemy of mankind.
Putting aside the argument over whether CO2 causes climate change, coal is a terribly destructive way to create energy and we need to stop burning it.
First you have to dig coal up. We either sink tunnels thousands of feet into the ground, putting the lives of millions of men around the world in constant risk or we rip down entire mountain ranges get at it, burying valleys and streams with the rubble.
Then we haul it all around the country to power plants where it's burned, releasing toxins like mercury, arsenic, and lead into the air.
And then, just when you think the damage party is over, we're left with an inordinate amount of coal ash after the burn. We create enough coal ash to fill a million railroad cars a year. Coal ash isn't regulated by the federal government so the country is a patchwork of different regulations, some weaker than others, many completely ineffectual. Often the coal ash is left in unlined open air slurry ponds, ponds which can and have leaked and burst.
Throw another outrageous criminal act by the Bush Administration onto their pile of shame.
We need to stop burning coal as fast as humanly possible. We put a guy on the moon, we created the Internet, and invented the Wii. We can certainly stop burning coal within the next decade or two.