If You are a SAHM, You Should Support Coal

Stay-at-home moms have a lot on their plates. From keeping the kids happy and healthy to managing the household budget on one income, it’s a pretty daunting task. But to keep the house running and – literally – the lights on, moms have to be more aggressive in the public policy arena.

  • Your vote counts. With elections coming up, make sure you support candidates that support coal and realistic regulations. Visit http://www.minethevote.com to learn more.
  • Your voice counts too. Thank your local utility provider for using the energy source that helps keep your house running 24/7. Let them know you appreciate them using clean coal.
  • Your questions are important. When door-to-door salespeople come to your house pressuring you about alternative energies, ask the tough questions. Look at the fine print. Is this really going to save your family money? Or are there balloon payments and long-term leases that won’t bring savings to your family in the long run?
  • Your social network is key. Start talking about the need for moms everywhere to be more conscious about our nation’s energy use. #moms4coal, every time you are happy the lights are on and the kids can watch The Bee Movie for the 800th time.

When it’s a hundred and a million degrees outside (or below freezing, as those in colder climates people often complain about) you have to worry about keeping your children safe and comfortable. That means milk and food needs to stay cold in the fridge, and the air conditioning (or heat) needs to stay on. When it comes to my children, I don’t want to take a chance. I also want to be sure that my family can stay within my carefully-developed household budget. That’s why I have to advocate for the most reliable, affordable power source available – coal.

Zoe Richmond took a detour from her corporate career in public relations to become a stay at home mom to her two sons.