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A million jobs in the coal industry will disappear along with all the support industries. - tele

A million jobs in the coal industry!?!

Here are a few facts:

Coal and jobs in the United States

There are approximately 174,000 blue-collar, full-time, permanent jobs related to coal in the U.S.: mining (83,000), transportation (31,000), and power plant employment (60,000).

And, sadly, even though mine health and safety requirements have been implemented over the years, approximately 4 percent of today's miners will develop black lung disease requiring extended treatment and care.

As Pete pointed out, displacing one technology with another will lead to new jobs in new industries. Happens all the time. I didn't hear much wailing regarding the fate all of the (actual) millions of typists, draftsmen, clerks and stenographers who were deemed obsolete as a consequence of the computer revolution. Societies advance. Old technologies are replaced by new, more productive technologies. That's been happening a whole lot these past few decades.
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