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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:

http://tinyurl.com/y9scvpf

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining#Dangers_to_miners

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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