The Economics Of Coal Burning Simply Do Not Pencil Out

That’s Good News For Our Communities, Our Environment, and Our Climate

Did any of your loved ones get a lump of coal for the holidays? Though threatened from time to time in our household, our kids did juuuuuuuuust enough to earn actual Christmas presents this year (that’s tongue-in-cheek - if my kids ever read this years down the line, I want you to know how dang proud of you I am for how you handled your second year of COVID-19).

Coal for naughty listers is a funny old tradition, so I went poking around as to its origins. It seems tied to the fact that 18th and 19th century homes often had coal-burning fireplaces. If you were bad, Santa would just reach down and stick the closest thing at hand in your stocking. It wasn’t because coal was undesirable per se, but rather because it was convenient.

Why Coal is On the Naughty List

It amuses me that coal has had a negative reputation for hundreds of years. Back then, it might have just been a holiday threat made by parents of disobedient youths, but now we know better. Now we know just how dirty and undesirable coal really is. Here is the coal naughty list:

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