a little under a third of the time I lived in the North.......but a third of my time in the North was as a kid, so I'm pretty equal in experience of both areas.
I've got a DIL who was born and raised in Lewisburg, WV and a good number of people SHE has known for her life of 26 years has been experienced with coal country there. Yes, regulations were needed to make mining safety a factor and health concerns dealt with over time (just as OSHA was established for manufacturing jobs that didn't have those same safety and health concerns)....however, with BO's agenda, the EPA has made new regulations (from 80% compliant to over 90% compliant) that make it impossible for coal companies to comply with now and are forcing massive shut downs of plants that have been around for generations. Thousands of jobs have been needlessly lost TO MEET A PERSONAL AGENDA and not for any other reason.
There is enough coal available for hundreds of years here in the USA and there is no logic to your argument that to keep mining for it isn't feasible and that jobs will be lost as the coal 'dries up'....as a mine loses coal because it's been all mined out, the miners, especially those with experience, will move on to the next mine to find work. Once a mine is deliberately shut down even though the coal is there and providing jobs, there are fewer and fewer options for those mines left behind because the next mine they travel to looking for work is being shut down by the EPA as well.
This is a vicious circle that is costing people not only their jobs and income and homes, but the hope of finding an alternative is also gone because it's pretty much all they had. Not only are the actual coal mines being shut down costing jobs, but the trickle down affect on coal TOWNS is devasting, in addition to the refineries in other areas where the coal is transported to along with THOSE towns because even those refineries are being shut down.
I would appreciate it if you would discontinue your condescending speeches toward me.
If you are from coal country, Grim, you KNOW this already.........