A spokeself at the North Pole today confirmed rumors that Santa Claus has bought a coal mine in the United States. They also confirmed that the purchase was due to an inordinate number of people on the naughty list this year.
"There were so many, we just didn't have enough coal. So we had to look for something to supplement the coal we had," said the spokeself. "This mine was available, and we figured it should be able to support our coal needs for a long time."
In related news, the U.S. Congress today passed a bill imposing a tax on all coal destined for a Christmas stocking.