Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"A vast industrial miracle is coming to Pittsburgh"

I know the PG has a series all week on coal, but check out the Pittsburgh Press Page 1 above the fold  headline in 1947 which leads with "The biggest story in the History of Coal".

I am not quite sure that all worked out. 

And that was just the beginning.  Seems like much of the whole issue was devoted to the story of how coal and technology was going to save Pittsburgh.  One of the secondary stories still on the front page there starts literally with this line "A vast industrial miracle is coming to Pittsburgh".

Miracles are good.  In Pittsburgh all the better.  Beatification may have been a bit premature.

Another story with the headline "Way is paved for many new plants in area" in that issue leads with this sentence: "Many industries never dreamed of in Pittsburgh can spring up here as a result of turning western Pennsylvania soft coal into gas and liquid fuels".  Quite a statement since we tend to dream up a lot here.

Somewhere out there is some media coverage that mentions in passing that the promised commerical plant would not be built.
and on an inside page is a article "How the coal cracking process will work".  Amazing what goes around, comes around.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

But this time is different!

And yes, that is self-mockery . . . and yet, I actually do believe natural gas from shale is demonstrably different from coal conversion when it comes to these issues. Of course if the planned plants do not materialize, I will be happy to admit my error.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:01:00 AM  
Anonymous n'at said...

bet dollars to donuts that the bulk of feedstock produced from our wet gas will be exported to the international plastics market. double down on middle eastern countries purchasing our ethylene.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 6:49:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

I thought the only cheap way to move this stuff around was by pipeline--or am I missing something?

Thursday, December 29, 2011 7:59:00 PM  

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