I'd like to start a discussion about what kind of assistance should be in place for coal miners and coal industry workers as coal is phased out. First, let me postulate that it is undesirable to continue using coal for power plants, and that we should continue to phase it out down to a minimum. Primarily due to environmental issues, but also because we have better, safer options available to us moving forward (like solar). It is therefore a wrong move to try to revitalize the coal industry. However, there are legitimate concerns, especially for places like in Pennsylvania, where a lot of jobs in the coal industry stand to be lost. Hillary Clinton mentioned in one of the debates something about helping out coal workers, but it was not front and center, and I'm not sure anyone really heard her, or if she was really serious about it and had put any thought into it. So maybe we can discuss it here. For the future of our country, and a brighter future for our children, we are moving away from coal. But coal and the coal workers of the last century have been vital to the growth and prosperity of our society, and they should not be forgotten. What kind of programs could we offer to those who would lose their jobs and careers in coal that they would be receptive to?