Part of the Crandall Canyon mine shaft and miners tools are seen in this video taken Aug. 12.
Three more have died at the Crandall Mine while trying to dig out the six previously trapped. Jeff Biggers gives us another reason why coal is evil: safety.
Coal mining is emblematic of our nation's failed energy policy. The drama unfolding in Utah is one of its latest reckonings; coal miners and their communities continue to pay the highest personal price. Until the Bush White House, Congress and our coal-dependent citizenry make genuine steps toward shifting our energy policy to renewable sources that not only sustain our energy demands but also our local economic needs, it is nothing short of a crime to deny our coal mining communities the best possible protection from accidents and the repercussions of strip-mining.