And Unfortunately No Politicians Are going to Provide Relief for Displaced Coal Industry Workers
Coal is dying, which is only fair since burning coal to produce electricity is deadly to humans, plants and animals. The process of burning coal to produce electricity is being replaced with the huge increase in supplies of natural gas and the less huge increase in alternative energy sources like solar and wind.
This is incremental, of course, and one of the increments is the decision of Duke Power to reach a settlement with the environmental community in
Indiana, resulting in an end to using coal
in some plants.
Under the settlement, Duke Energy agreed to retire by June 1, 2018, four coal-fired units at its
River Station in West
Terre Haute that date to the 1950s and generate a combined 350
megawatts of power.
Duke has also agreed to stop burning coal at a fifth unit at the
Station by June 1, 2018, and says it is exploring refitting that unit to burn
natural gas. The settlement does not prevent it from making such a conversion
before the deadline. Wabash River
Duke spokeswoman Angeline Protogere said a sixth unit is owned by
Power Association and is already powered by synthesis gas. Wabash Valley
What all this means is that coal mining and coal mining jobs will continue to decline. Government has an obligation to attend to the upset in the economies of coal mining communities and to aid the movement away from coal jobs and into other jobs. But politicians don’t like to spend money they don’t have in areas that don't have a lot of votes, and they do like to lie. So they will go out into the coal areas of