what did Obama do for Utah coal miners other than create unemployed miners??
The reality show hosts policies will do little to boost jobs.The
March jobs report, somehow lost in the deflection game the reality show host
uses on a daily basis, showed an increase of only 98 thousand jobs.This is less than half the expected gain.Another failure, by the
reality show host, to add to the growing list of failed promises.
Living in Emery County I can tell you that people want work. They aren't
stupid or backward as many up north seem to think. They are the salt of the
earth and extremely hardworking.It is desperate here. So while I
don't like coal and rue the yellow layer in the atmosphere from emissions,
I understand the desire for work. Having lived in Logan and on the Wasatch
Front many years, there is a lack of understanding all the way around for rural
areas. Sure they are fun for people to visit, but then people go home. What
rural Utah needs is help bringing other industry here. We've got the
sunshine...why not build solar and wind farms here? And quit
I am curious as to how many of those who decry the loss of coal mining jobs heat
their homes or businesses with coal?
"Trump policies may do little to help boost Utah coal mining jobs"Not to worry Republicans, Trump's other policies to boost
Utah's buggy whip and unicorn ranching industries will make up the
Over the past two weeks, two ironic news clips about coal. One,
Kentucky's famous Coal Museum announced that it was 'going solar'
due to cost-saving measures to keep the museum going.And two, major
manufacturing companies in Kentucky are pushing the state's utilities to go
for renewable energy, including Toyota, GM, Ford, Walmart, and L'Oreal, so
that they can keep energy costs down (and predictable, since renewable energy
prices are stable and unchanging, unlike fossil fuel costs).In Utah,
Emory County is opening a new coal mine... Remember, Utah lost Facebook's
computer data center here because Utah couldn't deliver on its demands for
renewable energy (it ended up in New Mexico). And Oakland refuses to build a
coal exporting port for Utah coal... is Emory County's blind faith in coal
a bullish decision ... or just plain foolish? Utah has to decide if
its tourism and Silicon Slopes are compatible with coal. Probably not.
As someone who believes in the free market, it's hard to look at this and
see nothing but a hard pander to coal miners.What will happen when
those coal jobs don't magically come back?
Trump will say anything to the person in front of him if he can get something
out of them. In the case of coal miners it was their vote. Coal's demise
is due to cheaper, cleaner alternatives. To continue to prop the industry up is
just another example of crony capitalism.
A few strategic cruise missile strikes at various Joy equipment manufacturing
plants around the world would eventually create coal mining jobs as the supply
of longwall and continuous miner parts dried up, forcing mines back to picks and
shovels, but that approach has several obvious defects. Short of that, coal
mining's march to automation will continue to increase productivity while
decreasing employment. Are robot miners far away? No need for ventilation to
manage methane and black damp levels or payments for black lung benefits and
24-hour shifts. That's a cost savings for the industry.Alternatively, some underground nuclear tests in the Bakken and Marcellus
shale formations to vaporize that cheap fracking gas would relieve the fuel
competition for coal. But that, too, has its downsides.
Because of technology and advances in extracting coal, it takes less manpower to
mine coal than it did years ago. While Utah coal may remain viable for some
time, the job numbers in coal mining employment will most likely never reach the
levels they were at 15 or 20 years ago. People have seen the writing
on the wall about coal for years, they have just chosen to ignore it. They need
to get moving on this now and quit waiting.
I don't believe Donald Trump would ever lie about something like this!If Donald Trump says tomorrow is Easter, you can start coloring your
Easter eggs tonight with full confidence!
The best prospect for increased coal production would be the restoration of
primary steel manufacturing somewhere in the west, which would use some of
Utah's high quality coking coal, e.g. Sunnyside.