We were in the Spanish Peaks Country in southern Colorado over the weekend. While there, I stopped at the Walsenburg Mining Museum. At the museum, George Ree told me coal mining started in these parts in 1878 and one of the mines, the Walsen Mine, covered a phenomenal 157 miles. Over the years, 69 seperate mines were established in the area, yielding some 75 million tons of coal. (Colorado is 7th in the nation in coal reserves.) As I mentioned in the last entry, once coal was discovered it was mined at breakneck speed — leaving in it’s wake massive plumes of global warming gasses. And now, although there’s very little mining going on in southern Colorado, we’re blowing the tops off mountains in West Virginia to get to more. It’s time we reasses all this, in a major way. Note: Bumper sticker sighting in Walsenburg, Colorado: It’s apparent our technology is now outpacing our humanity.