I’m sitting here listening to the latest news about the mining disaster in West Virginia. It could be several days before we learn the fate of the still-missing miners. Twelve deaths had been confirmed at last report.
I find myself wondering why, in this age of engineering marvels and computerized everything, we still have to send human beings deep into the earth to dig coal. Surely by now we should have some wonderful, mechanized, computerized digging machine that could do that very hard, dirty, dangerous work.
We’ve put men on the moon, landed rovers on Mars, done long distance robotic surgery. But we can’t build a machine to mine coal? Or we won’t?