Should we even try to save the coal industry? | The Tylt

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In his State of the Union speech, President Trump proudly stated his administration had “ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.” Indeed, restoring mining jobs in rural America was one of Trump's signature campaign promises. But environmentalists say "clean coal" doesn't exist. Plus, natural gas, wind power and solar energy are all far more attractive to investors than coal. Even America's biggest coal boss says we can't bring back coal-mining jobs. Should we try to save coal? 🏭 ♻️

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics states while there were 852,500 jobs in the coal mining industry in 2014, mining had hemorrhaged 191,000 jobs by May 2016—and the industry is still in decline. Many in Appalachia and other coal-mining regions say President Obama’s policies caused a steep decline in the industry’s fortunes, and they voted for Trump because he said he could bring those jobs back. Would you support environmental regulation if it meant you would lose your job?

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The Los Angeles Times points out that 1) "Clean coal" is a marketing technique created by the industry to mask the fact that coal is one of the most polluting industries and 2) Environmental regulations aren’t killing coal: the free market is. 

Other forms of energy, particularly natural gas, are cheaper and there is little the administration can do to help the coal industry confront that existential business problem other than massive government subsidies, which so far haven’t seriously been contemplated.
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Mining coal isn't good for the environment, the economy or the miners themselves. Many argue we should let this industry go the way of the Pony Express and retrain coal miners for jobs in the burgeoning renewable energy industry, which will be better for people, profits and the planet.

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Others ask why we romanticize coal miners. We are hemorrhaging retail jobs, but no one is demanding that Amazon shut down. Kodak went bankrupt in 2012, but that was chalked up to the innovation of digital cameras, not injustice. Economies evolve, and some industries die out.

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But coal jobs are powerful symbol in American mythology, one Trump has tapped into expertly. 

Coal industry executives...set out to imbue [coal] with symbolism and mythology. Coal was not just coal, the lobbyists argued. It was abundant, reliable and deserving of a seat in the pantheon of American culture, alongside cowboys, guns—and, yes, freedom. 
Most of all, coal was equated with honest jobs for hard-working miners (and voters)....The shift from coal to diesel and natural gas was framed not as mere consumer choice between commodities, but as an attack on some ineffable American value.
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Millions of Trump supporters, especially rural white Americans, have faith the president will restore jobs in the coal industry and bring renewed prosperity to coal country.

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Trump's critics say he is misleading vulnerable communities in Appalachia. Even if coal mining wasn't a dangerous and polluting industry, cheap renewable energy has coal in its death throes, and there's no stopping the inevitable.

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FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Should we even try to save the coal industry?
A festive crown for the winner
#LetCoalDie
#SaveCoalIndustry