March 13th, 2012 (Coal Geology) You may think I am completely out of my dam mind. Hello, I am a coal guy and with perfect senses. I was reading some old history of coal the other day and found out that not only the tree lovers of today, but also some of the historic figures from the past were against coal burning.
To be precise, I am talking about King Edward I of England (1306). He enacted the harshest legislation against coal burning – punishable by death. He banned the use of sea coal in London due to the smoke it caused. According to him, black smoke was the problem and coal was the source. His legislation was the first air-pollution law limiting emission from coal burning. Even though some of the violators of the law were actually executed, others still continued to burn coal. The alternative was to burn wood for heat. Wood was very expensive and many could not afford.
1307 King Edward I of England objected to Coal:
“ …We instruct you to make public proclamation in the aforesaid of Southwark that all those who wish to operate kilns…should bake them in the customary fashion from brushwood or charcoal and henceforth should make absolutely no use of sea-coal”
See EPA Article London’s Historic “Pea-Soupers” for some cool coal facts.
by Ankan Basu, P.G