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President Trump Made a Confusing Reference to 'Clean Coal.' Here's What He Probably Meant

President Trump Made a Confusing Reference to 'Clean Coal.' Here's What He Probably Meant | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Trump offered new hints during a campaign speech Tuesday about what he may mean when he uses the phrase "clean coal"
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I can appreciate the role of the press in exploring the implications of what political leaders say—and don't say. Lord knows, I try to do that with many of my posts. But we have here a man whose words we are struggling to make sense of. Yes, they do try at some mines to clean impurities out of mined coal to reduce pollution, but that hardly makes it clean coal. And, yes, they do try at many power plants to sequester the carbon dioxide that is released, but that hardly makes it clean coal. In fact, while the industry has tried to use that term in a few ways to make us feel better about burning coal, the simple fact is there is no technology that can really be called "Clean Coal." Now, I doubt that such a technology can be developed, but I'm certainly willing—especially given the amount of coal we have in this country—to see some money spent on trying to find such a technology. Here we get to the ultimate absurdity of trying to interpret what Mr. Trump is talking about: The man is opposed to any such spending on technology. Argh. Seriously?! 
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China air quality got markedly worse in Jan-Feb: ministry

China air quality got markedly worse in Jan-Feb: ministry | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China's air quality was markedly worse in the first two months of the year than the same period of 2016 following a series of smog outbreaks in northern China, official data published on Friday showed.
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China, still very dependent on coal, is trying desperately to solve its pollution problems but there are still way too many days when the skies look like this. One answer is to cut back on the use of coal, just as it has been and continues to be an answer in the US and other countries. There is no such thing as clean coal. 
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Wyoming bill would all but outlaw clean energy, by forbidding utilities from using it

Wyoming bill would all but outlaw clean energy, by forbidding utilities from using it | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Aiming to keep Wyoming electric utilities dependent on coal, the legislature proposes a bill preventing them from using the state's abundant wind power to in-state customers.
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Want to know what's wrong with American politics? Check out Wyoming where money bus stupidity. When will the American people learn to look ahead instead of worrying about losing the past? 
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Trump’s Promises Will Be Hard to Keep, but Coal Country Has Faith

Trump’s Promises Will Be Hard to Keep, but Coal Country Has Faith | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Though experts say out-of-work miners are likely to be disappointed by Donald J. Trump’s economic plans, his supporters in West Virginia believe he can bring jobs back.
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We might be able to introduce new industries into coal country and into our big cities. We have lots of workers who could be employed. There are two problems. First" We need a government objective that will give impetus to those industries just as the road building of the 50s drove the automotive industry and the railroad/steel boom, which included coal, was driven by the railroad expansions of the nineteenth century. Second, and this is the biggest issue, is that workers want more than personal employment. They want a sense of permanence and generational security. Consider how many sons, grandsons, and even great-grandsons have gone into the mines. 

New industries no longer offer that sense of permanence. In Europe the state has become the vehicle by which security is conveyed. Pensions, education, health care, child care, and even housing have become a concern of government so that people don't have the anxiety about their children that Americans experience. That is what we in the states mistakenly call socialism and then curse as Communist when in fact it is Democratic Socialism. 

Only when the government is allowed to take its proper interactive role to foster both business and individual well-being can we hope to move forward for all. Take, for example, the building of alternative energy generation and improved local transport systems, two areas in which the government could take a stimulating role. 

So, to those who are expecting a resurgence of coal mining and automobile building, I can only say, "Lots of luck with those dreams." 
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Town That Helped Power Northwest Feels Left Behind In Shift Away From Coal

Town That Helped Power Northwest Feels Left Behind In Shift Away From Coal | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Colstrip, Mont., is home to the second-largest coal power plant in the West. The plant's customers in other states are turning away from coal, so locals are looking for support in making a transition.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The Obama era regulations were built with a recognition that the coal industry was doomed not because of those changing government regulations but because demand was changing as a result of real concern among energy customers. So, the regulations came with a plan to help coal industry workers and communities to adjust over time. Well, the folks in many places like Colstrip, Montana, decided that they were going to protect their industry by voting Republican. So, the regulations will go, the demand won't come back, and that plan to help has disappeared. Talk about screwing yourself. Now they want to demand that the consumers of their energy production be somehow responsible for their loss in income and security. Wait a minute! That would require the federal government stepping in to force consumers to somehow become responsible for what producers have done to themselves. Instead of a willing government plan utilizing everyone's support offered by Mr. Obama, they now want to go after their customers directly. Does this really make sense? My response: Hey, you guys voted for Trump so I'm sure he's going to make you great again. Then, I've always been a bit sarcastic when it comes to idiots who think they're going to get a free blowjob. 

Meanwhile, if you are fascinated by stories of corruption and people who stand up to it, try out Times to Try the Soul of Man. Here's the trailer for it.
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Trump Economic Advisor Ducks Big Time When Coal Miner Hammers Him on His Healthcare: ‘I Don’t Know All the Facts’

Trump Economic Advisor Ducks Big Time When Coal Miner Hammers Him on His Healthcare: ‘I Don’t Know All the Facts’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"Do you, sir, think that the U.S. government should honor the promises that were made?" Retired coal miner John Leach received a frustrating letter this week, informing him that his family's heath benefits would soon be terminated should the U.S. Congress fail to act by the end of April. "I've been a United Mine Worker member for over 30 years," he told CNN's Van Jones on "The Messy Truth" late Thursday. Jones was also joined by Wall Street Journal writer and former Donald Trump adviser Stephen Moore. 
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Golly, gosh, you mean folks in coal country are beginning to get it? Lots of Americans are going to be a hell of a lot worse off with the GOP and Trump in charge, people who have done their best to make America great. People who have done their best to care for one another. We're talking not just health issues but consumer protections and the environment. We're talking about greater concentration of wealth and less for essential services for the rest of us. We're talking about cutting FEMA and the Coast Guard in order to spend more on bombs and munitions. We're talking spending less on protecting the rights of everyone in order to keep out those who are in need and those who would contribute.  And I can't help wondering how many of the folks who will be hardest hit voted for the very people who will be pushing us into the slaughterhouse. I don't know whom Mr. Leach voted for, but I know a lot of people in coal country voted for the unfulfillable promise of resurrecting king coal instead of looking for the future of renewable energy. Some mornings, I want to weep for America. 
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Sheltering in place: For students in Donald Trump-loving coal country, “school choice” isn’t a solution

Sheltering in place: For students in Donald Trump-loving coal country, “school choice” isn’t a solution | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The only high school in Martin County, KY, is condemned. 45% of its minors live in poverty. How will Trump help?
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I've written often of my understanding of why Trump won. This essay by a teacher in Kentucky captures from her experience the same sense of frustration and of feeling ignored that I have tried to present, the same sense that the security of life—no matter how thin it may have been—has been lost. Like rioters angry at the system end destroying their own neighborhoods, the people of coal country have voted to further befoul their lives in the vain hope that somehow things will change. As I read this essay, it brought tears to my eyes. As for this teacher and those like her trying desperately to help and for the students she writes of, gathered in the tight knit sense of group and desperation, to them I can only send my prayers and hopes. 
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The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com

The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China is burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. We won't solve global warming until that changes
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Another example of why unbridled econmic growth is not the best plan for the world. What good is all that stuff if we end up breathing crap?

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