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    these are not very educated people. They can't just be given new green jobs, they have to be educated.

    In Applachia, the mantra is they're taking out coal jobs and giving them to some educated Californian.

    And they're not wrong.

    •  It is indeed delicate politically & economically (0+ / 0-)

      But these are the kinds of challenges we have to take on if we have any hope of keeping the planet in halfway decent condition.

      When the coal miners level the last mountaintop in West Virginia—as the sea rises, most of the ice caps melt, summer temperature soars, firestorms abound, wars sweep the globe, and a large portion of the earth's species goes extinct—what jobs will they find then?

      Green jobs can be all kinds of things. If anything, in many circumstances being more environmentally friendly means more manual labor, not less. Local organic farming, restoring wildlife habitat, invasive species eradication, industrial accident remediation, infrastructure construction... Working the land!

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 04:16:11 PM PDT

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