Last week in Montcoal, West Virginia, an explosion inside a Massey Energy Company coal mine killed 29 men. Just four short years ago, 12 miners died inside West Virginia’s Sago coal mine. Nationwide, the powerful coal mining industry provides consistent jobs to many people in low-income areas. But at what cost? Just a few dozen human lives every couple of years. Should the U.S. continue its dependency on this dirty fossil fuel, even if it means risking the lives of many of its workers on a daily basis? Or should our nation phase out coal mining in favor of cleaner and safer alternative methods of energy production that could potentially spare the environment – not to mention lives? Take our poll below.