By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald
[The coal wish list Robert Murray, the chairman and CEO of Ohio-based Murray Energy, sent to the White House includes] “pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords and revoking the Clean Power Plan . . . Under Trump, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has also moved to reconsider rules meant to protect miners from breathing coal and rock
dust — the primary cause of black lung disease — and diesel exhaust, which can cause
cancer . . . Only about 500 coal mining jobs were added in Trump’s first year, bringing the total to about 50,900 nationally, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more here.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- 2017 U. S. Energy and Employment Report, Department of Energy
In 2016 Just under 374,000 individuals worked, in whole or in part, for solar firms, with more than 260,000 of those employees spending the majority of their time on solar. There are an additional 102,000 workers employed at wind firms across the nation. The solar workforce increased by 25% in 2016, while wind employment increased by 32%.
- In coal country: Ohio and other states throughout the region are developing local sources of clean energy and green jobs that are good for people, the planet and profits:
LOCAL GRASSROOTS GROUPS
Not only businesses but also social entrepreneurs and nonprofits all across Appalachia are leading the region’s transition from coal to renewable energy. Some of these grassroots groups have been in existence for a number of years, while others are relatively new. All of them, however, share the same mission of creating a post-coal future for their own and neighboring communities. Examples of these groups include:
What We Believe: Solar Holler isn’t your typical company. We’re a social enterprise that is focused on bringing clean and local energy within reach of those who need it most–Appalachia’s community organizations, non-profits, municipalities, and our low-income neighbors. Why is our focus there? Because every dollar a church, or a library, or a municipality doesn’t spend on utility bills means another dollar is going toward improving our towns and communities. Because West Virginia’s miners and their families powered America’s growth and cities during the 20th Century. If we have anything to do with it, we’ll power America throughout the 21st Century, too–with clean, renewable energy. And, most importantly, because these hills and hollers are home. Website: www.solarholler.com
KENTUCKIANS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
We are Kentuckians. We believe that today we have our best chance in decades to build New Power in Kentucky. New Power means thousands of new jobs, healthy communities and opportunities for our children. But we have to address the problems caused by Old Power – old political power, old economic power and old energy power. Website: www.kftc.org
I LOVE MOUNTAINS.ORG
Local, state, and regional organizations across Appalachia are working together to end mountaintop removal and create a prosperous future for the region. Through iLoveMountains.org, members of the Alliance for Appalachia have come together to use cutting edge technology to inform and involve Americans in their efforts to save mountains and communities.