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West Virginia coal company laying off 1.100 workers

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by RubberToe, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. RubberToe

    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

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    Alpha Natural Resources Laying off 1,100 Coal Miners

    Maybe if those coal miners got a somewhat better education they wouldn't have to mine coal to make $85k per year. And the people writing stories really need to sanity check what they write too:

    "For some, they recognize there is a greater void in the consumption of goal, and point to the more affordable avenue of natural gas."

    WTF?

    RT
     
  2. omgwtfbyobbq

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  3. Robert.Boston

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    Just to put things in perspective, the coal mining industry directly employs about 80,000 people nationwide. That's approximately 0.06% of the 132.6 million jobs in the US. According to a recent report:
    So even as one industry is losing jobs, another is gaining (rapidly). That's how economies have worked for centuries.

    In Australia, the solar industry also employs more people than the coal industry.
     
  4. dsm363

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    It's amazing how that 0.06% had such a strong hold on our energy policy though.
     

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