Yesterday, West Virginia saw a terrible coal mine accident. Excessive methane killed at least 25 people, either through suffocation or explosion, in Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine.
A month ago, the following members of Congress sponsored legislation, the Stationary Source Regulations Delay Act, to block regulation of methane from coal mines and other sources. Capturing methane in coal mines would be too expensive, they said.
Senator John Rockefeller
Representative Rick Boucher
Representative Brad Ellsworth
Representative Gene Green
Representative Charles Melancon
Representative Alan Mollohan
Representative Nick Rahall
Representative Tim Walz
Representative Charles Wilson
Capturing methane from coal mines could have the double benefit of slowing global warming and protecting coal miners from accidents like the one that happened. How can the appropriate expense of this benefit be calculated?