Skip to main content
No. of Recommendations: 13
President Joe Biden and the Democrats who now control Congress could earn respect, if not votes, for telling coal country the truth -- that coal must be phased out of the national energy mix, but that workers will not be left behind. That means they should get job training, health care, wage replacement and, when possible, jobs in the new industries that are popping up to replace fossil fuels. This suite of policy solutions is complex, but they must be taken seriously, and the discussion must forward the voices of fossil-fuel workers. Workers need to know that climate advocates respect and support them before we can move forward.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/23/opinions/biden-climate-change...
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 1
Thanks for that link. It was an interesting article, but have we ever been successful at helping workers in a dying industry transition to new jobs? Although 90 square miles of land, and that was just one mine, could support a lot of solar electric panels and windmills which need workers to build and maintain them.
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 9
I grew up in coal mining country. When union mines are involved, coal mining is a low skilled job that pays well with a good health and benefit package. In general, coal miners do not want to be re-trained. They did not get any special training to get the coal mining job and some do not even hold high school degrees. Intellectual laziness is common in this group. They may not have done well in school, didn't like it, and don't want to have to take training now. While this kind of plan sounds good to people who have benefited from education, it has never been a plan that appeals to many unskilled, displaced workers.
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 1
have we ever been successful at helping workers in a dying industry transition to new jobs?

Well, we've never tried.
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 2
Paradise
John Prine

When I was a child my family would travel
Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born
And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn
And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.

Well, sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison down by Airdrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill
And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.

Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Well, they dug for their coal 'til the land was forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man
And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester Dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am
And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 0
That would be a reason why we've never been successful.
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 0
A young John Prine singing Paradise.
https://youtu.be/x-SKCWXoryU
Print the post Back To Top