Coal seam fires, like nuclear energy and waste, point to the hubris of humankind:
“Hubris /ˈhjuːbrɪs/, also hybris, from ancient Greek ὕβρις, means extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubris
Nuclear waste and these old mine fires must be mastered. This mastery will only come with time, innovation and appropriate investment. In the interim humans must learn from their mistakes and stop nuclear energy and new
wastes. Also, humans should stop coal mining.
The flammable potential of the geology should be taken into consideration in the placement of nuclear waste dumps (and also non-nuclear dumps). Imagine flammable gases from a nuclear waste dump meeting an old coal seam or natural gas reserve? Or oil shale (kerogen)? Or petroleum?…
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