Letter to the editor: Trump lies about coal
Every day some exaggeration or lie comes out of President Trump. Mexico will pay for the wall, health care protection for Americans with pre-existing conditions, etc. The latest lie is that we need coal to protect our energy grid. I’ve worked in the energy field for 30 years and know better.
Fossil-fueled electricity is created by the turning of turbines. To turn them, water is heated mostly by coal or natural gas to create steam that is then pressurized and forced against them. With coal, mountains of it must be shipped and stored at the energy producer’s site. They must also build and maintain coal ash ponds to handle the coal waste.
With natural gas, you build a pipeline and then order gas from a supplier. Natural gas is also about half the price of coal and has a fraction of the pollutants.
The people who maintain the grid said they don’t need any help. So why does Trump say we need to support coal? Simply put, this is a payoff of taxpayer dollars for supporting him in his run for the presidency. Trump also said there were 50,000 coal jobs created, but you’ll never find them because that’s just another coal-faced lie.