This group brings together the best thinkers on energy and climate. Join us for smart, insightful posts and conversations about where the energy industry is and where it is going.


With friends like these....

image credit: Coal Age, July/August 2020, p. 2
Stan Kaplan's picture
Energy Consultant KeyLogic

B.A., 1974, History, Rutgers University M.A., 1977, Public Policy, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at AustinExpertise: Electric power and fuel marketsStan has...

  • Member since 2006
  • 38 items added with 41,445 views
  • Aug 12, 2020

One factor in the decline of coal has been the antediluvian perspective of elements of the industry and its supporters. Here is an example from the latest issue of Coal Age, where we learn that the nation has been fixated on "questionable COVID-19 figures and the riots in urban centers." The cluelessness about Black Lives Matter speaks for itself. The delusion about COVID-19 is of a piece with decades of delusions about the future of coal.

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Aug 12, 2020


You'd think that an industry that's already in the collective dog house and inevitably in the downswing would at least be cognizant to not be so tone deaf. I still empathize with the communities and workers who are seeing hard times because they've long relied on coal production and generation for their economies, but those at the top of the totem pole could certainly use some PR classes

Stan Kaplan's picture
Stan Kaplan on Aug 13, 2020

This same magazine published something far worse about Hurricane Katrina responders, essentially stating it was all white guys rescuing the hapless minorities. Why this ran in a coal journal I can only guess, and the guesses are not flattering. No learning curve.  

Joe Deely's picture
Joe Deely on Aug 13, 2020

Thanks for this Stan. Gonna have to add Coal Age editorials to my reading list.  Right after the Sunday comics.

Stan Kaplan's picture
Thank Stan for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »