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I used to be concerned about deposit laws on soft drink cans and bottles. I did. I was on the wrong side of the issue, because I worked for a major bottler of soft drinks. I really did care.

This is natural. Yeah, I feel a little guilty now, but I understand. I understand how your job can influence your thinking, your politics. It happens and it is natural and totally understandable. I only heard one side of the issue. Really, who in real life talks about deposit laws? It never came up in any conversation I ever had outside of my place of employment.

So let us all have a little empathy for the coal miners who fear carbon emission taxes (disclaimer: I am not a coal miner, not have ever been, but I am the descendant of coal miners and I have known many, many of them). They need to hear the other side. Oh, and it would be nice if somebody gave them an alternative to RISKING THEIR LIVES, way underground, in a place that no sane person would choose to be.

Please, let us never criticize the men and women who do the dangerous jobs that most of the rest of do not want to do. The jobs that these people doing, they do not want their children to do. They want better for their children. Hell, yes!

Why cannot we all give them better? Or at least, a better alternative narrative.

We can do that.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up." --Lily Tomlin

    by paulex on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 08:22:05 PM PDT

  •  Not bad people at all (4+ / 0-)

    They have skills, and a job where they produce a weighable, measurable, quantifiable product that real people need. How many people with jobs in the big city can say that?

    The "war on coal", whatever its objective "goodness", will put all that in danger. It's simply true: good jobs will be lost.

    And we're going to have to do more about that situation than feeding them a "narrative".

    Reality has a well-known liberal bias -- Stephen Colbert

    by ItsaMathJoke on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 12:26:21 AM PDT

  •  I've thought of this a lot. No doubt many, maybe (4+ / 0-)

    most coal miners understand burning coal is dirty, heck so is digging it, even more so. But we are the ones that burn it, not them.

    I can see and indeed am glad we are shutting down coal plants, what I wish however is that every former coal miner was maintained at his previous rate of pay for the rest of his life. If he has to work a cash register or flip burgers we should supplement until his pay was equal to his former pay.

    We left the auto workers and the loggers to fend for themselves, and their lives were for the most part much worse off, whole towns impoverished, we need to take social responsibility for our environmental choices.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 03:35:07 AM PDT

  •  As for the soda deposits (3+ / 0-)
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    paulex, ItsaMathJoke, Dirtandiron

    they can be and often are a life-saver for homeless and/or poor people.

    My husband and I once survived for six weeks in Oregon on the nickel deposits.  And we worked for it, following a "route" among  the dumpsters at apartment complexes.  We averaged walking seven miles a day, for an average of $20 a day.

    But we survived.

    “Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful -- just stupid.)” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

    by midgebaker on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 09:38:33 AM PDT

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