The Clean Air Act, the standards upheld by the Environment Protection Agency and the growing opposition of the public to burning coal are merely nuisances to Big Coal. Private coal mining companies plan to circumvent these bothersome regulations by continuing to mine coal and selling it to Third World countries who need cheap energy. American taxpayers are actually subsidizing the coal industry. Greenpeace explains:
In this video we’re talking about Arch Coal, Ambre Energy, and Peabody Energy (private corporations) leasing federal Powder River Basin land to mine coal. The US government (Department of the Interior) is leasing that land to private corporations at next to nothing prices [$1 per ton]. Now the private corporations want to sell the artificially cheap coal abroad without paying taxes on it. Taxpayers have lost about $30 billion so far.
Video after the break: