Essay about The Sago Mining Disaster Crisis

2274 Words Dec 12th, 2016 10 Pages
“I don’t think I’m any different than a school teacher or a doctor we all have a job to do and were trained to do it” (Coal a Love Story). The Sago mining disaster is just one of the numerous mining disasters that were easily preventable. The miners that perished rely on coal for their income and many had no choice but to go into the industry. The world has a love-hate relationship with coal. It is often very “on again off again”. During World War II coal production was at an all-time high. After the war ended coal production plummeted. These fluctuations have occurred ever since coal first started being used. Now, coal production is the highest it has ever been, but at many costs. Coal mining deaths still occur every day. Coal mining has barely changed since the 1900s. Safety precautions are rarely updated and mines are as dangerous as ever. The miners behind coal extraction do not get the compensation or respect they deserve as they risk their lives every day. Coal is also the main fossil fuel linked to global warming. These facts are widely known, yet coal is still heavily relied on. The world is apprehensive to end the relationship with coal even though it is destructive. The relationship the world has with coal mining needs to end.
The Sago mining disaster is another mining tragedy in history. On January 2nd, 2006, twenty-nine miners entered the Sago Mine in West Virginia. Early that morning, an explosion occurred in a sealed-off area of the mine. This explosion…

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