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In the News The Mind Reels...
December 14, 2009
VIEW: Ever glimpsed this -- America's incredible industrial and transportation
The coal train delivers its load to a power plant where it's crushed into very fine powder-like dust which is then blown into a furnace where the dust ignites, boiling the water that produces the steam that spins the turbines that produce the electricity.
A 19th century concept that two centuries later is providing half our country's power needs. Every man, woman and child burns 20 pounds of coal a day.