DAMN YOU HILLARY CLINTON, we're sure.
INDEED! One of my sisters is doing JUST THAT...She lives at home and helps take care of him...
Also too: existing power plant sites have the advantage of already being wired to the electric grid
There should be minimal retraining necessary for the power plant workers. The source of power is different, but skills should be transferable from coal to solar/wind. That could be a selling point for conversion.
This give me hope for our planet.
If you know any coal miners they are not going to jump on this wagon wholeheartedly. I don't care how you frame it they will fight you with the help of the coal companies. These people do not like change and will flat out refuse to move anywhere. They are a different breed of people who have never been anywhere outside of their comfort zone. They die of black lung and accept that as their life.
My dad was born in large family on a 400 acre farm in Kentucky so I have a lot of family there. My cousins still work that farm. I know exactly what you are talking about.
My dad said the first pair of new shoes he ever owned was when he joined the navy in WWII which he never talked about only to say he was in Okinawa. He did tell us he and his brothers transported moonshine from the hills to other areas.
Damn that mining shit destroyed beautiful country side.
For my money, the IRA should have been called the "Carried-Interest/Mountain View Pipeline/Big Pharma Price Gouging Protection Act". The deeper one dives into the details of the bill, the harder it is to find good things to say about it:
https://jacobin.com/2022/08... "As environmental groups have variously said, it’s also a “climate suicide pact” and “a renewable energy revolution on top of a fossil fuel build-out.”
https://www.theguardian.com... "This bill is woefully inadequate, featuring a cruel, casual disregard for those at home and abroad who will live with the consequences of boosting fossil fuel production as a bargaining chip for boosting clean energy. And it’s almost certainly better than nothing."
https://www.downwithtyranny... This is Sanders' opinion of the bill, and his reasons for voting for it, despite its egregious short comings.
https://jacobin.com/2022/08... And here's why this was the "best" bill possible.
As a campaign talking point, "Hey, it's better than nothing!" isn't much of a winning slogan. Which is why the M$M is overselling the 'good' provisions and papering over the bad--e.g., defanging the activists by framing the bill as a laurel to rest on and not as a call for more action.
A (right) wing of my family comes from Pennsyltucky and many worked in coal. I have long-ago memories of driving to my grandparents' and passing through a stretch of road piled with slag heaps so high they blocked out the sun.
However, every one of my coal-mining ancestors DID NOT want their kids in the mines. They wanted their kids to go to school, hopefully go to college and have a better life than they did.
I find it very interesting that so many of today's coal-mining conservatives want their kids uneducated and toiling right beside & behind them in the same unhealthy, dead-end job...
And then the Thatcher came to power, busted the union, and Paul died a virgin
Yeah, when my dad was a teenager in Christiansburg Va, the thing to do was to jack up the back of your car and install an on/off switch on your brake lights...It was a bootlegger trick because cops would see you use your brake lights and assume you were speeding. My dad and his friends were NOT bootleggers, but it was considered the 'cool' thing to do!...tricking out your car and all
Up to 80%-90% steel/metal, the rest is fiberglass/plastic/resin depending on the make/model.
My dad and his brothers did it for money and some booze. The years the crops failed or didn't do well they didn't eat well. They were a family of 14, catholic mind you.
Waaait a minute here, your grandson is telling you dad jokes? Is that even legal?
Only if one of the dimensions is Stupidity
And that's why some of the jobs they create are ongoing, the parts need maintenance and eventual replacement.