About: Clinging to coal: West Virginia's fight over green jobs
Come on West Virginia, time to make a major change in your economy and lifestyle. Coal is filthy and obsolete. Renewable sources like solar and wind are the future and many new jobs will be created. It is time for West Virginia to break free from the past or it will remain a poverty strickened, rural state.
For all you that thinks coal are the best: This here was London in 1952 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN4GhEqtUJ0
These States that allow blowing the Tops of Mountains off to get easier coal which is destroying the Environment and West Virginia; and they're too dumb to even care. As long as it's not a Democrat is their Ignorant Motto. Trump: Let's bring back the Covered Wagon.
See BS hired asian dude to mock us regular people.... meaning where the import coming from... DSGSTNG
An underground mine employs a minimum of 20 employees all earning a very good wage. That 67 turbine wind farm employs 2 people. West Virginia & Appalachia needs highway systems built through it. Major highways that will make it more feasible for logistics that big manufacturers need. Coal Reserves are dwindling & just bc the coal is there doesn’t mean that particular block of coal in that area can be mined. Most of the economically feasible coal has been mined out. Very little remains. WV, eastern KY, & VA need one if not two major highway systems constructed through it as fast as possible. The area will see in the future, a migration out of Appalachia. Unless proper highways are built & the Federal Govt makes incentives for companies to move into Appalachia. Coal saw its last boom in 2008. The major coal companies are bankrupt, the independents that have been buying up everything just declared Bankruptcy last week. Jim Booth & Jeff Hoops both very big companies filed for bankruptcy last week. Booth however still rides around in his new Ferrari. Hoops is still riding around in a helicopter. The only independent coal company of significant size, Mitch Potter’s Blackhawk Mining, hasn’t went busted yet. Also Alliance Coal is still strong. But Blackhawk is scaling back, shutting down mines that have played out, & focusing on Metallurgical Coal. Alliance has one mine left in the central Appalachian coalfields. It’s nearly mined out & they need tax subsidies to mine a new coal seam. The Ross Harris heirs have millions of tons of coal reserves left in Pike County KY that they are having to advertise to get someone to lease & mine. Still no takers. This said, coal jobs & a healthy as possible coal industry is a must for the next few years. An absolute must. The problem is all the smaller independent coal companies have been forced out & bought up. These smaller operations could put in smaller mines & move from an older played out mine to a newer site easily. The owner usually works at the mine daily & has a relationship with the miners, & takes care of his men. But with the big coal corporations buying all the coal mined by independents, when the corporate executives see an independent they’d like to buy up, they beat the independent out of money owed for their sold coal. After a couple months of taking financial hits by the corporation, the independent is forced to sell out. In the late 1970’s & early 80’s Texas Oil got into the coal business in Appalachia big time. When they got out they sold off to these Wall Street controlled corporations who have over produced coal from the area, exhausted reserves only to drive down coal prices due to their inflicted over supply, & running the coal corporations into bankruptcy. Independents like the late William Sturgill, Elmer Whitaker, Charles Marshall, Russell Fitzpatrick, & the McCoy brothers all ran successful mining companies, never getting close to bankruptcy. They never over produced, they conservatively managed their coal reserves & you never once heard of those men beating a miner out of a dollar of their paycheck or retirement / benefits. They just didn’t do that, there was no need, every one did well back then. Back before the Wall Street Corporations became the major players in the business. Most of the old time operators are dead, Fitzpatrick & one of the McCoy brothers are in their 90’s. Fitzpatrick sold out in 1979, as did the McCoy brothers. Sturgill was active until the late 90’s, but all these guys have been absent from the business bc it became a corporate game. Fitzpatrick’s son & then grandson even tried to start a mining operation back up in 2005. They mined during the high price coal boom of 2007-2009 but then the war on coal came with Obama’s election & they sold out after they made sure each of their employees had a job to stay at or go to. They even mined for 2 months at a loss just to keep the men working. Those are the kind of leaders the coal industry in WV & KY need so badly. But I was told by one of the Fitzpatrick’s that if right now, coal prices went up to $100 per ton for regular steam coal that they wouldn’t know of a decent piece of property left that would be feasible to mine, anything good is controlled by the big corporations & other open properties that have coal on them just have to many negative issues to mine the coal & make a profit. He said you might be in good Coal for a few months then you’d hit a bad section & then you lose big money trying to mine it. He said they were never entering back into the coal industry bc it has had its time, & there’s no comeback in the future.
I'm from a part of Mexico where 20 years ago the town's on the beautiful mountains open a huge road to run power lines they got ride of their solar system free energy to pay electric bill
West Virginia would probably be cool if you did not take their jobs but give them the money that you were given to illegal immigrants
Please watch the video without volume. Dont listen to the propaganda. Look at the beautiful state. They say it's being destroyed. Come visit and fall in love. We do need jobs. We are welcome to all jobs. Trust me I know alot of miners and they would mind putting up solar panels.
Don't you know, you're talking about a revolution?
Coal is not going away.
Whats wooden shoes got to do with it? The windmills in Holland pump out water on land below sea level. Well... maybe they use them to produce power now days I don't know....
These people are strong and they go back generations to the first settlers...They can adapt and thrive.....if they want to...But they need to think for themselves and not listen to corrupt politicians...
Clean coal is good for the country
There's gonna be a revolution in this country !!
all the coal lobbyist down voting the video >_<
Don't trust these democrats to help you keep your pensions! Fight for solar, and wind mills to make your state awesome!
Im 25 and I have love for our older generations but change is inevitable. And at this point we can't let these older people stop the U.S. from progressing and competing with the modern world. Coal plants are not gonna explode again. Green Energy is making its mark. Newer buildings, stadiums and homes are being made solar/renewable ready. This was coming whether you liked it or not. We can still use coal for other purposes but as a power source, coal is looked at as a simple backup plan not a frontrunner
Change is inevitable, adapt or get left behind. Renewable energy will lead the way for a better life and job security. Lead by example West Virginia.
Solar power is great because when current renewable power technology becomes obsolete, as it surely will, the solar panels will be easily removed. Not so these turbine farms which are made of hundreds of tons of concrete and steel and buried deep, sometimes underwater. Our descendants will curse us for leaving them the expense of getting rid of what will become useless rusting eyesores.
Green does more damage to the environment than coal plants do. Where do you think all the metals come from for those solar panels the battery packs the windmills how do you think all that gets forged into usable metal it takes massive amounts of energy. All done by coal. And then you have the fact all those batteries go in the landfill and pollute the water and land they're not recycled go check out your local landfill.