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image credit: Coal Age, July/August 2020, p. 2

One factor in the decline of coal has been the antediluvian perspective of elements of the industry and its supporters. Here is an example from the latest issue of Coal Age, where we learn that the nation has been fixated on "questionable COVID-19 figures and the riots in urban centers." The cluelessness about Black Lives Matter speaks for itself. The delusion about COVID-19 is of a piece with decades of delusions about the future of coal.

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Matt Chester on Aug 12, 2020 10:00 pm GMT

Yikes

You'd think that an industry that's already in the collective dog house and inevitably in the downswing would at least be cognizant to not be so tone deaf. I still empathize with the communities and workers who are seeing hard times because they've long relied on coal production and generation for their economies, but those at the top of the totem pole could certainly use some PR classes

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Stan Kaplan on Aug 13, 2020 1:53 am GMT

This same magazine published something far worse about Hurricane Katrina responders, essentially stating it was all white guys rescuing the hapless minorities. Why this ran in a coal journal I can only guess, and the guesses are not flattering. No learning curve.  

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Joe Deely on Aug 13, 2020 4:15 pm GMT

Thanks for this Stan. Gonna have to add Coal Age editorials to my reading list.  Right after the Sunday comics.

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