Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On The Decline of Coal Production

Could Coal Decline in Appalachia? : Lawyers, Guns & Money: "In some ways, coal’s decline in Appalachia would be a true good. Mountaintop removal is a truly loathsome method that reshapes an entire ecosystem in order to keep our homes at 75 degrees in winter. But despite the decline in employment, coal directly employs around 20,000 miners today. That’s a lot of jobs in a long impoverished area. Taking those away without replacing them with something else would be a real punch in the gut to southern Appalachia. So, like so many things, it’s really complicated.


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