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Since I started this thread, I suppose it's time to interject my worldview, first on coal and then on jobs. First, Jared is right about the adverse effect of burning coal on the environment. There are newer technologies that reduce some of the pollutants, but ultimately the only solution is the capture and storage underground of the carbon dioxide.
It's unfortunate that the term, "clean coal" is bandied about by politicians, including Barack Obama at one time. The term should rather have been "less dirty coal". And for the different technologies described in this paper, Clean Coal - Pros and Cons, none are economically feasible on a grand scale. You can read about all the technologies, but the concluding paragraph at the end of the paper is the economic and environmental reality:
"There are emerging technologies that suggest that coal can be a clean source of energy. Unfortunately, none of these technologies have been proven and there are currently no coal-fired power plants in the United States that are using any of these technologies because of the uncertainty of the technologies and expensive that is required to implement them. The fact is that coal is dirty from beginning to end. Coal mining is destroying entire ecosystems beyond repair and coal burning pollutes the atmosphere with toxic greenhouse gases. There are some benefits of coal - it's cheap, reliable, and readily available in the United States. Nearly 50% of the electricity in the United States comes from coal-fired power plants, so it will be a difficult transition to renewable power sources. But instead of focusing the green effort on trying to fix coal, resources should be allocated toward truly renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar."
Now on the question of jobs, in my canvassing neighborhoods to get people to vote, there is no other topic that invokes more emotions for those unemployed or potentially to be unemployed. When one owns' job is at risk, all the other environmental or other issues or views you might have become secondary. People cannot talk rationally. It is also unfortunate that politicians from both parties pander to different demographics every election year on the promises of jobs. Donald Trump's promise to bring back coal mining jobs is a big fat lie, yet those coal miners in the audience cheering him are not being realistic about their own future. Trump is giving them false hope. Coal mining jobs are declining largely for economic reasons, and environmental regulations have become a convenient scapegoat.
Much like jobs lost due to trade, those jobs are not coming back.
What both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both promised is not to bring back coal jobs, but rather massive redevelopment and education programs. However, I will go even further. Rather than specifically targeting the coal industry, the government's programs to encourage community revitalization and redevelopment should extend to all communities across the USA whose economic well being has been affected by market forces, technology, and globalization. In a sense I support something like a "job guarantee" as Carlitos has proposed because the dignity of work is important for the cohesion of the American people. Much of the so called "anger" that is being so talked about in this election has been festered by politicians seeking to promote themselves by casting blame on the "other".
And the mainstream media are enablers of adversity.