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  •  And also less dependence on an industry that.. (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, A Siegel

    kills so many workers with black lung and cave-ins an such.

    I was listeniing to a conversation about workers who were proud of their fathers, grandfathers and great grand fathers who were all coals miners. A tradition from father to son, but can you inagine if a diversified menu of renewable industries could be invested in that offered a new safe high paying job to those workers.

    Maybe it starts with the wives and daughters who don't work the mines and are sick & tired of losing their loved ones to lung disesae or job accidents.

    Coal miner workers might make the difference if there was an alternative. Break the tradition at the family level and the "coal magnates" who may have all the money but they could lose the votes for the republicans who support the 1%ers over workers.
     Get a unions involved too with promoting this change in tradition.

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