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  •  Anyone have any good ideas (4+ / 0-)

    for convincing a longshoreman that the coal megaport is a really bad idea? I know one fairly well; he's very politically involved and connected, involved with his union, and has two little kids, age 3 and under 1. Jobs are going to be a big concern, of course. How best can we get him on our side?

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    Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

    by Kitsap River on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:52:23 PM PST

    •  The parent companies have awful relations w unions (4+ / 0-)

      so I would expect more of the same from their port operator.

      “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

      by Lefty Coaster on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:08:31 AM PST

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      •  And these companies screw employees over (5+ / 0-)

        Consider the Patriot Coal bankruptcy.  Peabody Coal (the company planning to supply the coal to Cherry Point) spun off a subsidiary, which then went bankrupt and stranded retirees and long term employees with no benefits.

        Lawsuit ongoing

        In the latest attempt to fulfill its promise to do "whatever it takes" to protect the retirement benefits owed by Patriot Coal, the United Mine Workers of America has filed a class action lawsuit against the company's progenitors.

        The suit was filed Oct. 23 in the Southern District of West Virginia and asks the court declare Magnum Coal and Peabody Energy obligated to maintain funding of the benefit plans. The suit was filed by eight retired and active members of the UMWA but claims to represent more than 10,000 retirees and active workers.

        The basis of their argument comes from the Employee Retirement and Income Securities Act, which prohibits discriminating against a beneficiary with the purpose of interrupting benefits obligated.

        Patriot was spun off from Peabody Energy in a move that distanced the company not only from Central Appalachian coalfields but also most of its union employees. Mines spun off from Arch Coal into Magnum Coal were later acquired by Patriot.

    •  Tell him we have a new governor (3+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, justintime, Kitsap River

      and a president who are working very hard on developing new industries that harness wind and solar, invest in retrofits and reclaim domestic manufacturing and localized, community-based commerce of all sorts. We're heading into a whole new economic model, and dirty energy will be reduced while other sectors will be emphasized. It's not a simple transition, but it will open opportunities for many, and training and education in new technologies will be essential for it to work.

      Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. -Carl Sagan

      by howardfromUSA on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:40:29 AM PST

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      •  the folks employed by dirty energy (0+ / 0-)

        won't believe in the green job until it's right there in front of them being offered to them.

        There are some things that are unforgivable. Your willingness to play political games while people suffer and die is one of them--Onomastic

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:18:09 PM PST

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    •  training and a new green job waiting for him (0+ / 0-)

      too bad our government is allergic to spending money on anything

      There are some things that are unforgivable. Your willingness to play political games while people suffer and die is one of them--Onomastic

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:17:29 PM PST

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