Well, I guess that it’s a good thing that I’ve never labelled myself as a true conservative or a lying conservative or any type of conservative. I love how politicians in this state just expect every person to be conservative. Even if I weren’t a liberal or a believer of climate change, I still can’t see myself supporting coal. I’ve had asthma for years. I don’t particularly like the idea of promoting an industry whose product could kill me. And before anyone wants to argue the idea of clean coal, I will tell you my thoughts on that: it. is. bullshit.
So, thanks, but no thanks, Alabama Coal Association, Senator Richard Shelby, Governor Robert Bentley, and Congressman Mo Brooks, I’m not going to support a cause that is bad for the health and safety of the public. If you want to have well-paying jobs come to the state, you might try being a bit more progressive. We aren’t winning any popularity contests by only being better than Mississippi at pretty much everything. If you want low-cost energy, you might want to encourage scientists and inventors to come up with healthier forms of it, especially you, Doctor Bentley. Or, hey, here’s a nifty idea?! How about better educating students? If you do that, the next big science innovation might come from some person who grew up in Alabama. Also, investing in the state’s children will improve the economy in other ways. That’s something you would know if you did something like pay attention to things like the news and facts.