Coal

September 2, 1923

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Coal

Coal

“The coal industry is the worst-functioning of industries”—Herbert Hoover.

“The coal industry is the worst conducted, from an engineering point of view I have ever seen.”—John Hays Hammond, chairman United States Coal Commission.

“In general, the coal business is fifty years behind other American Industries. The sand and gravel industry is a model of efficiency in comparison. There are unlimited resources of coal, well distributed geographically, and there is no natural reason why it should not be mined and distributed steadily and it a reasonable, stable price. A coal shortage in America is inexcusable and a national disgrace.”—Chester G. Gilbert, author of “America's Power Resources,” geologist and mining engineer.

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