You have exhibited an unwavering allegiance to the fossil fuel industry, perhaps due to your love for the people of West Virginia, who have depended on the coal industry for longer than anybody can remember.
However, in doing so, you may have overlooked an opportunity to revolutionize West Virginia’s coal industry and reorient its dedicated workers, while helping the World transition from industrial practices that it can no longer afford.
Indeed, the coal sector seems to be dying, and some say it will not “rise from the ashes.”
But there is another sector — the thorium sector — that can revive our coal economy via environmentally sound methods. That same sector can incorporate and innovate several other industries that West Virginians have been familiar with for our entire lives. It can also introduce industries many of us have never envisioned. I urge you and all WV voters (as well as those in KY, PA, and VA), to read the following articles, and do the math for yourselves:
Time Warp: Molten Salt Reactor Experiment—Alvin Weinberg’s Magnum Opus
Documents Related to Liquid-Halide (Fluoride and Chloride) Reactor Research and Development
The Thorium Problem
China Closing in on Thorium Nuclear Reactor
Nuclear Technology Abandoned Decades Ago…
The Public Case for Thorium
Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts
(Look closely at that map on page 14!)
Geographic Distribution of Thorium in West Virginia Coals
(Somebody really ought to modernize this site!)
Rare Earth Elements: Potential New Industry for WV & PA
Evaluation of Various Separation Techniques…
Aluminum, Coal Ash, and Molten Salt Reactors
Molten Salt Reactors and Rare Earth Elements
True Energy Independence for the United States
High Strength Steels
Nuclear Waste Consumption
I believe that a thorium jobs sector (molten salt reactors, rare earth minerals, coal liquefaction, aluminum, steel, isotopes, etc.) would prove to be both economically and environmentally superior to the Appalachian Storage Hub.
Appalachian Storage Hub/Petrochemical Complex
The Politics of an Appalachian Storage Hub
Appalachia’s $84 Billion Secret
Why not take West Virginia on a path to long-term success? West Virginia will be here long after you and I are dead, but so will the environmental damage inflicted by the fossil fuel industry. I will again emphasize the opportunity you are missing by not switching your allegiance fully to nuclear, particularly next-generation nuclear. That latter industry will still make plentiful use of the coal mining industry, but with a much larger return on investment than can be gained from the fossil fuel industry. If money is what you listen to, DO THE MATH!