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  •  The thing about a lot of extractive industries .. (0+ / 0-)

    ... is that they are massively capital intensive, and with an extremely small fraction of total sale price that ends up in the local economy of the mining community, so a smaller output industry that is more labor intensive ... say, wood coppice for bio-coal production ... can offset the local impacts of a much bigger cut in coal production.

    Hmmm ... mayhap there is a policy in there somewhere.

    •  I remember the pictures of the huge (0+ / 0-)

      machines used to cut into the mountains - the people who manufacture those would need to have alternative sources of jobs, too.

      there's bound to be a policy - but I'm not feeling too creative just now.

      •  But remember, less than a nickel ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... out of every dollar stays in the local community in the form of wages.

        If harvest of sustainable coppice wood for bio-coal leaves half of the income in the local community as wages, then 5% bio-coal would have the same employment benefit as 50% coal ... and unlike mountaintop strip mining, the windpower does not destroy the productivity of the landscape, so the jobs from the wind turbines would be on top of the jobs from the bio-coal production.

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