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Fri May 13, 2016, 09:59 AM

Coal Industry dying but Republicans want to keep it an issue in campaign

Farron Cousins says debates about coal are stupid - debating an energy source from 16's vs renewable energy. The coal industry is failing - not because of regulations - but because demand has fallen in half from China and India. Cousins says to transfer coal workers to a job that is not going to give them cancer.

He speaks of the republican state of Florida - tons of sun - and no renewables.





For some reason, the coal industry is playing a large role in this year’s presidential elections. Some candidates are pandering to the out-of-work coal miners, while others are proposing plans to put them back to work in the renewable energy sector. But if we learn anything from the demise of coal, it’s that the country has to kick our fossil fuel addiction, and quickly


http://trofire.com/2016/05/13/coal-much-power-politics-even-though-dying-industry/



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Reply Coal Industry dying but Republicans want to keep it an issue in campaign (Original post)
womanofthehills May 2016 OP
bernie_is_truth May 2016 #1
womanofthehills May 2016 #4
womanofthehills May 2016 #6
Lint Head May 2016 #2
womanofthehills May 2016 #5
womanofthehills May 2016 #3

Response to womanofthehills (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2016, 10:09 AM

1. he's a moron

 

His first sentence: "For some reason..."
His second sentence: "out-of-work coal miners..."

Someone should tell him that coal miners have traditionally been Democrat voters and being out of work is kind of a problem for them and their families which ***may*** affect how they vote.

Just sayin'.

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Response to bernie_is_truth (Reply #1)

Fri May 13, 2016, 11:17 AM

4. It is a problem for them but there is no work for them

and climate change is a big problem. He is basically saying clean energy isn't some fantasy and they can be retrained in new fields. The Republicans say it's Obama's fault for trying to better regulate this industry, but the truth is coal prices are way down just like oil.

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Response to bernie_is_truth (Reply #1)

Fri May 13, 2016, 12:24 PM

6. So you are calling progressive democrats like Farron Cousins names


Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced


http://trofire.com/author/farron/

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Response to womanofthehills (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2016, 10:48 AM

2. 12 men can take down an entire mountain in a year

with current coal mining equipment. That is what is putting coal miners out if work. Their corporate masters don't need them as much today as in the past.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #2)

Fri May 13, 2016, 12:11 PM

5. Also, the cheap price of natural gas

The death of US coal: industry on a steep decline as cheap natural gas rises

The US energy information administration last month released estimates showing coal production declining across the country by 29% in the first 10 weeks of 2016 compared with the same period last year.

The agency said it anticipates natural gas will overtake coal as the country’s biggest source of electricity this year – a projection that is expected to result in hundreds more layoffs in the coming months.

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