Exactly who do you think is creating the market for your coal? If we didn't buy it, it's pretty much a rock that will be worthless for 10,000 years until it becomes diamonds. What if we go to nukes? Natural gas fired plants? You aren't even beginning to make sense. Severance tax? A fart in a windstorm compared to the income tax, sales tax, property tax and all the other taxes. I don't want a war with Eastern Kentucky. I do want everyone to recognize how it all works out. A little fact for you. Households with 35k a year income and two kids have an income tax burden of -$1,500 per year. That means if you have two kids and make less than 35K a year, you get back 1500 in earned income credits. The median household income in Jefferson County is 42K. The median household income in the Eastern Kentucky counties are about 61% of that or about 25K per year. That means the average taxpayer in Jefferson County is paying taxes and the average taxpayer in Eastern Kentucky is getting transfer payments above any tax liability. We are sending you money to support your way of life. Just say "thank you", OK? You haven't refused to cash the checks, have you?