For over 30 years I have been a civil and environmental engineer cleaning up coal sites and ash piles (along with landfills, nuclear sites, and hazwaste sites) from central Pennsylvania to Arkansas - the entire length and breath of Appalachia. I have worked for the power industry both as a manager, contractor and as a consultant.
So you and I both know coal is dead and is never ever coming back.
Coal wasn't killed by Obama's EPA. It was killed by cheap fracking gas (which Trump loves). You can build a town and a community around a coal mine that hires hundreds of workers. A fracking gas well head, on the other hand, is just two guys coming out every three months to perform monitoring and maintenance. Existing coal power plants are old and at the end of their operational lives, so everyone is planning to decommission them within the next decade. But gas is cheap and plentiful, so nobody is building new coal burning plants anymore, only combined cycle gas turbines. Entire nations such as Canada and France are banning coal use after 2020.
And don't look for China and India to make up for demand. Coal use in both these nations has peaked.
I get the anger and despair, I've seen it up close. I would come back to a town five years later to build another disposal cell, set groundwater monitoring wells, or cap off a completed site. I would see that main street is now boarded up and there would be someone strung out on meth or heroin passed out on the park bench a block away from the local grade school. Appalachia is now one giant ghetto slum stretching across a half dozen states and culturally no different than Detroit south of 8 Mile Road. You see the same pathologies, dependency on welfare, addiction to drugs, and rampant prostitution. There are parts of eastern Kentucky where I won't go out at night and I never stay anywhere except major chain hotels (I used to save per diem money by staying at local motels - I don't dare do that anymore).
Remember that pot growing family that got butchered in Piketon Ohio? Didn't surprise me in the least since I spent years driving past that very spot on my way to a decommissioning job at the old nuclear bomb plant down the road. There is a reason that part of Ohio is called "Oxycontin Alley". The only difference with places like Detroit is skin color. And all those small towns dependent on the local factories for jobs? They are dead men walking as well. Those jobs are forever gone, never to return. They were taken by automation and robots not Chinese or Mexicans.
That Carrier Plant deal that Trump is so proud off was nothing but a scam played on Indiana tax payers who will foot the bill. Most of the jobs will still be lost and the 800 "saved" jobs will only exist until the factory is automated in a few years.
The VP of Carrier admitted that the $70 million will go towards acquisition of the robots that will replace these workers. Suckers! Seriously, you people really are rubes and suckers, easy marks that a con man like Trump knows how to play. He's every crooked contractor and dirty developer I have ever met only on a much grander scale. And you fell for his scam, you stupid rubes - because you preferred conspiracy theories to thinking and scapegoats to solutions.
The bottom line is this - a high school degree no longer gets you into the middle class. Those days are also dead and gone and never coming back. Ever. This is not to say that everyone should go to college. We send too many people to college to learn liberal arts when what our country really needs is trained plumbers, masons, pipe fitters, electricians, skilled heavy equipment operators, etc. On my sites, skilled workers could make six figures if they were good.
So let the dead bury the dead, time to give birth to something new.
An adviser to President-elect Donald Trump compared the scientific consensus that human beings contribute to global warming to old scientific theories that were proven to be incorrect, including flat earth theory and geocentrism.
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