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Content Manager, Solar Tribune

Founded in 2011, Solar Tribune is a news publication covering important developments in the renewable energy industry. We try to tell the “big picture” stories around key developments in the...

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"It is imperative to not shun fossil fuels workers or make them feel guilty for the climate predicament our world is confronting. Federal policies that provide for the retraining of fossil fuels workers, in addition to other financial incentives, need to be a pivotal component to any broader climate change policy. This mindset is critical to winning support from members of Congress who represent districts and states that are heavily dependent on the fossil fuels industry."

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Matt Chester on Feb 1, 2021

This mindset is critical to winning support from members of Congress who represent districts and states that are heavily dependent on the fossil fuels industry

This is an uphill battle that I don't know the representatives from those districts can ever really climb, but focusing on this economic support aspect needs to be embraced by those outside of those districts as a way to try to slowly win more and more support from the general population. Maybe successful implementation of the job retraining and economic revitalization of certain areas can serve as an example and roadmap for other areas moving forward in a way that will kick off the needed momentum

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Mark Silverstone on Feb 1, 2021

Fossil fuel workers are people too!  Their mechanical, electrical, marine and management skills, as well as the infrastructure and financial resources of their employers, will be crucial to the energy transition. The increased minimum wage will be a cushion to prevent inequities when hiring large numbers of workers in the transition.  It is happening already in Texas, New Mexico, North and South Dakota. 

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Matt Chester on Feb 1, 2021

Fossil fuel workers are people too! 

Well said-- these workers are different from those in the board rooms bucking investor calls to decarbonize, trying to squelch reports about their contributions to climate change, etc. These are people who were making an honest living, and unfortunately for them we see the need to transition their industry away-- but taking care of them one way or the other is an absolute necessary core component of the energy transition. 

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Bob Meinetz on Feb 1, 2021

Does the Solar Tribune really seek a "just transition" for employees of fossil fuel plants, or to pad the bank accounts of solar and gas developers?

Maybe we should be seeking a transition to a field that shows promise for actually replacing those fossil fuel plants instead of guaranteeing their permanence (and even building new ones).

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