In a speech last week when announcing his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change accord, President Trump suggested that coal represents America's future in terms of our energy needs.
Coal contains sulfur and other elements, including dangerous metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic, that escape into the air when coal is burned. Burning coal also produces particulates that increase air pollution and health dangers. Burning coal emits large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Coal is not America's future. Coal has been a schoolmaster that pointed direction forward toward the development of more clean and renewable energy sources. Coal has been our guide but is not our captain. We must take advantage of the bright young minds who can help us to develop and implement new energy technologically-based advancements that create new jobs and leave a smaller footprint on our precious planet. What we do today will impact tomorrow!