Coal and oil are filthy and destructive when burned. Production of oil using oil sands is at least as destructive as strip mining and mountain top removal for coal. For the benefit of the earth, the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico should legally prohibit the possession, sale, export or transportation of coal or oil produced with oil sands.
Environmental NGOs should create and distribute lesson plans and materials explaining climate change and the harm to the environment from mining, drilling, transporting and burning those hydrocarbons.
Survival of people now living on earth and their children is more important than short-term money or jobs..