I've been very nice this year. I can even provide references. Please may I have a lump [or two] of coal in my stocking for Christmas?
On second thought ...
Coal mining is hazardous to people, hazardous to the environment, and not especially kind to the landscape.
Plus, we need that coal to make electricity. Oh, wait! We could get our electricity from nuclear power, and store the nuclear waste in the abandned coal mines, once we've got all the coal out. Preferably somebody else's abandoned coal mines.
And coal mining provides jobs. Jobs that can't be off-shored. A boon for the economy, no more unemployment worries! I mean, it's not like somebody in Pakistan or India could sit down with a computer monitor, gaming console, joy stick or what-have-you in hand, and operate a bunch of robots here in US coal mines. Oh, wait.
There's more. Stay tuned.