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  •  Embrace clean energy (4+ / 0-)
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    The rest of the world is making money out of the switch to clean energy, and we had better catch up. It's the next technological jump.

    Now, a question: West Virginia and Kentucky, southern Ohio and Pennsylvania are some of the poorest areas of the country. Why do they cling to the coal industry? It is dangerous and it ruins people's health. Why haven't residents of those areas been pushing their state and area leaders/politicians to bring in clean jobs, improve education to attract better jobs? Why just plod on in the same old, poor subsistence living when, there in the Heartland of the US, people profess to believe in the American dream. Is that their version of the American Dream...digging coal, hauling coal, black lung, cave-ins, layoffs.? Isn't striving for something better included in the American Dream?

    It is just something I have never understood.

    •  I don't get it either. (1+ / 0-)
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      This obsession, almost a mystical kind of love that people have for coal, it's fucking weird.

    •  Coal mining jobs (4+ / 0-)

      ARE good jobs, thanks to the unions.  Miners make 70-80,000 a year with solid benefits, more for the more dangerous jobs, plus it's one of the few industries where the unions are relatively strong.  It is unhealthy, dangerous (probably the most dangerous job you can have without joining the army and shipping off) work and the mining companies are always looking to cut corners, both in environmental protection and in worker's safety, but you can support a family at a standard that's far above subsistence living on a coal miner's salary.  

      •  earning money mining coal (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks, sh59, for the input.

      •  Plus, people who have become dependent (1+ / 0-)
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        DBunn

        on coal mining may have no other skills. Generations of families have gone into the mines in some areas.

        •  And so perhaps the thing to do (2+ / 0-)
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          DBunn, Calamity Jean

          for Democrats would be to make sure there are clear alternatives set up for the people who would be put out of work. This would make the medicine go down a bit easier.

          Of course, the Repubs would fight it, and then they would call the out-of-work miners moochers, like they do everyone else who's in a hard place.

      •  Maybe not the most dangerous job (0+ / 0-)

        A friend told me recently that crop dusters have the highest fatality rate. You're flying a plane low over the ground and if your attention wanders for a moment, you hit a gust of wind or some power lines and you're dead. It sort of made sense to me. But I don't know if it's true.

        On the other hand, there are always job openings in that field. So that's good. If you want to do it, they're hiring.

        Another dangerous job is a smoke jumper. Strap on a parachute and then float down to fight a forest fire. My god! I would never do that. Those 19 guys who just died in Arizona are heroes. Dead, but heroes.

        I don't think I'd want to be a coal miner, either.

        "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

        by Dbug on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 10:40:17 PM PDT

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