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Energy Consultant, KeyLogic

B.A., 1974, History, Rutgers University M.A., 1977, Public Policy, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at AustinExpertise: Electric power and fuel marketsStan has...

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The resurgence of Black Lung disease is more than a tragedy; it is a horrendous scandal.

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Matt Chester on Aug 18, 2020

As much as coal as an energy source is vilified for its pollution and role in climate change, the miners who simply relied on these jobs for their livelihoods and to take care of their families should definitely be protected. 

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Joel Stronberg on Aug 18, 2020

I've written on the plight US coal miners and worked to get the Congress to fund healthcare and retirement benefits. As a clean energy and climate activist I'm against burning coal for power because of the emissions. However, I'm for the miners.

It's a national shame that miners have to fight for what they've long been promised. Mine owners are allowed to keep their profits while the file for bankruptcy and plead poverty. This includes Jim Justice, the governor of West Virginia. He's had enough money to finance his campaigns and to help pay for Trump's.

When we talk about victims of climate change, it would be good to remember that miners are among them.

 Let me add my thanks to Stan for the post.

 

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Matt Chester on Aug 19, 2020

As a clean energy and climate activist I'm against burning coal for power because of the emissions. However, I'm for the miners.

Well said. This should be the stance of all clean energy advocates and they should say it loudly. Blame the owners of the big corporations pushing coal and trying to stifle climate voices, but don't blame the workers who were toiling away at the mines as the best option to provide for their families. Keep up the great work on this issue, Joel!

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