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Are Coal Jobs Worth Saving?


I feel for anyone who experiences a devastating job loss. But, given the fact that so many types of jobs, from blacksmiths to elevator operators, have been rendered obsolete by technological changes, should we really spend so much time and effort trying to save the few coal jobs that still exist? More so than regulations, simple economics, such as cheaper sources of energy are driving the move away from coal and to cleaner sources of energy. Should we really focus on saving coal jobs or retrain coal workers to do other things?

 

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    John Coviello (Rock_nj) 16 months ago

    Natural gas is coal's biggest competitor. Renewables will become much more reliable when home storage units like Tesla's Powerball are available to store renewable energy for use when needed. Not far off.


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    John Coviello (Rock_nj) 16 months ago

    I don't want to see anyone suffer due to losing a job. My grandfather came to the US determined to make it as a blacksmith. The automobile ended those dreams and he found other work. I am just saying that coal is going the way of the horse.


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    John Coviello (Rock_nj) 16 months ago

    Thanks for your input. From what I've read recently, more electricity is being produced with natural gas than coal as of recently. This is a recent development just this year and a growing trend.


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    John Coviello (Rock_nj) 16 months ago

    I agree. I have researched the coal issue and it appears the biggest problem coal has is fracking has caused nat gas to become so cheap and plentiful that it makes economic sense to switch power generation to nat gas.


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