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  •  And the coal industry is right. (2+ / 0-)
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    BYw, JeffW

    They're getting bludgeoned. The EPA is going after them.

    Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of carbon polluters.

    Oh, and you need to stop whining. The coal industry is the enemy, and should be discussed and treated as such.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 06:50:23 AM PST

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    •  And screw all the coal miners too? (0+ / 0-)

      And all of the people in the towns where the coal miners wages keep small businesses going?  Just wipe out a few states that don't matter 'cause they're just a bunch of hillbillies?

      Reminds me of the folks who want to outlaw abortion and have zero compassion for women who have very good reasons for wanting/needing an abortion.

      Yes, coal is dirty and we need to stop using it.  But don't kid yourself that everyone who supports coal does so because they are evil or whatever.  They do it because their survival depends on it.  If you want them to stop fighting so hard then help to come up with alternatives for them.  At the very least acknowledge their existence and humanity.  

      •  We definitely need a jobs program for those areas. (0+ / 0-)

        But we need to find something better to address economic development in Appalachia than runaway climate change. That's just not acceptable solution to the problem.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 11:15:02 AM PST

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      •  Coal country (0+ / 0-)

        You bet.  My Dad's first job was on a coal tipple, and I've still got family back in WV.

        The PRB is killing coal country.  O&G is killing coal country.  Automation is killing coal country.  Utility companies are killing coal country.   Railroads are killing coal country.  Coal companies are killing coal country.

        But all of the things those actors are doing which are impoverishing coal country are hidden by the 'war on coal.'  Once again, Democrats are letting Republicans frame the debate, and ignoring a natural constituency in Appalachia.  

        Even in Appalachia, perhaps especially in Appalachia, most people don't like coal companies.  The fact that our policy and our messaging is so bad that they are embracing the coal barons is embarrassing.

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