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  •  But isn't it true that mountaintop operations (1+ / 0-)
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    tend to piss of local communities and employ relatively few people? I'm not sure coal really explains any of the numbers as much as some might think.

    •  Right, but there's an overall (3+ / 0-)

      stimulant effect on the local economy from having ANYONE employed. And then that money does to some extent pay other local wages, and so on.

      It's the same multiplication effect seen with food stamps as stimulus. One dollar entering the economy has a much larger effect when it's applied at the very bottom.

      And there are still strip and underground mines in the region. My understanding is underground creates the most jobs per operation, then strip, then MTR.

      I think one of the big reasons the War On Coal framing is working as a political strategy is that no one has much hope of anything else coming in to replace the jobs and many communities have memories of what happened during coal busts -- and so far as anyone can tell, coal companies stopping production because of government action or loss of demand would be the same story all over again. And there are absolute horror stories that have come out of what people did to survive coal busts.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:15:49 AM PST

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      •  And, when Massey mines kills miners or closes (0+ / 0-)

        a mine, they blame the federal government for "regulation"

        "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

        by mumtaznepal on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:52:37 PM PST

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