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Response to Progressive dog (Reply #28)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 11:45 AM

29. My first response is: After rebuilding from a tornado, etc...

whatever jobs/opportunities were there before will mostly be there after. Maybe not so much for the coal mines.

But that does get me wondering...i wonder what the "rebuilding" jobs would be in coal country? Land reclamation? Transporting that coal slurry you hear about that the coal companies keep behind dams that always seem to be near vulnerable creeks? Maybe transport it to deep in abandoned mines and then sealed?

I don't know. Even if that would work, it seems that another generation or three would be relegated to dank, miserable, and deadly working conditions only to leave them with limited options when the project was completed.

Personally, I believe only education holds the key. As long as large segments of of our population is (purposefully in my opinion) under educated they will be open for exploitation and dismissal.

A book I highly recommend that takes a deep look at the situation in the Appalachias is:
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
by Joe Bageant

But be warned: He did not see many solutions. Here is an interview. Take 7 1/2 minutes:

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