Coal Mines In Illinois
Currently, coal mines in Illinois seem to be the biggest supporter of east coast electricity in the entirety of the United States. There happen to be at least 13 coal mines in Illinois or the surrounding areas and we are counting on these coal mines to keep the rest of the east coast alive. The companies that control these mines purport that their mines will all stay in business at least another 50 years. This comes as a comfort to many. Surely the people this comforts are those same people assured in the fact that they will probably be dead in the next 50 years. 50 years, when you think about it, is not much of a reassurance because for most younger readers, this will occur within your lifetime. The mines will be tapped out, dried out, and used up all before you die. And even if you die or this doesn’t immediately affect you, if you plan on having children, or have any nieces or nephews or younger relations of any kind, this will be a very real concern for them just after you die.
We need to think about what we can do to ensure a safe future for all because we cannot rely on the coal mines in Illinois forever. We need to be able to have some sort of failsafe or some kind of option we can fall back on in case these mines in Illinois finally do dry up, which they eventually will. Anyone that’s been in a high school chemistry class for a few days or anyone that has even seen fire before in their life should know that coal is not a renewable resource. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that we only have a little while left at the rate that we’re going to be able to afford to rely on coal as much as we do. Most states still use coal as a crutch, having 60-70 percent of their annual energy reliant on coal as a means to produce that electricity and this is simply unacceptable to anyone that can see where we’re headed. And where we’re headed is not a safe place. Once we get started on working on alternative energies, then we can relax, but all we have right now is a small start. We need to really get on this and really push off in order to be able to make a big enough dent to have the correct modifications implemented by the year 2060 when this will become a big problem.
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