So what exactly do you green energy fans propose be done about employing the coal miners you want to put out of work? Since 2011 60,000 coal miners have been laid off, and there are still 77,000 more coal miners who will be laid off if coal mining is abandoned. These people have a skill set that doesn't transfer over to many other jobs. Many towns in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania are built exclusively around the coal mining industry, there simply aren't any other jobs for these miners to work near them. Are you willing to pay increased taxes in order to retrain these out of work coal miners? Personally I'm all for retraining them, but I have a feeling many of the people who want green energy aren't willing to pay higher taxes to retrain the employees they want to put out of work.
They do what the people who taught type writing, the people who steam power did -get different jobs. Their jobs have no future and will face extinction. Do you propose that we keep steam workers too? Or prehaps those working on the printing press machines from the 1850's also need to still be around because screw progress.
The leaders of green energy in the future are the people who will shape and control the world. Saying we should keep coal while our competition gets cheaper and infinite energy while our finite energy is fastly depleting is ludicrous. Unless you prefer the US not be a super power in the next few decades, then go right ahead. Because screw the vastly superior ways to harvest energy as long as it brings a smile to at least one toothless coal miners face. A job in which you are almost expected to suffer massive medical problems that are rarely insured.
Because let's be honest here, not a single person -Democrat, Republican, or anything else, gives a single fuck about coal miners. They've proven it time and time again. No side cares about them. You, don't care about them. The only people who care are those who profit from them like Mr. Scott Pruitt.
I'm sorry, but that is just rude, and a stereotype at that. You can claim I don't care about them but I do. Many of my older relatives were coal miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania (great grandfathers, great uncles) and some of my extended cosuins still are coal miners in West Virginia. Many of these people are trapped in towns with no other big industries besides coal mining. If you are born in one of those towns and don't get good enough grades to get a scholarship you are basically trapped and eventually end up following in your parent's footsteps and become a coal miner yourself because there just aren't any other options available to you. It's a thankless, dangerous job, but a job that has been essential to the US for over a century, and still is essential now, even though public opinion has turned against it in favor of cleaner energy.
You say that the government doesn't look out for them and you are absolutely right, but maybe it's about high time that changed. I'm not saying that the Trump administration's plan of trying to revive the coal industry is particularly good for them, sure some of them will get their jobs back, but is it a job they really need back, as dangerous as it is? But it's better than nothing, better than leaving them to fend for themselves. I personally would prefer retraining them for jobs in other energy sectors, such as solar, but I can tell you right now that the majority is not going to be ok with paying higher taxes to pay for the retraining of coal miners and the many employees in other idustries which are going to see massive layoffs in the coming decades due to increased automation among other issues. The government needs to look out for these people, they have to either create new jobs for them or pay to retrain them to find other jobs, they can't just throw them to the wolves; I'm not ok with it and I'm sure many other Americans aren't ok with it either.