A total of 51,000 people worked in the U.S. coal industry in Jan. 2017. As of Sept. 2020, there are 44,600.
Despite massive government subsidies, all of the major coal companies are in some form of bankruptcy. A Harvard study estimates that just 5% of coal company revenue could re-train their entire workforce for the short-of-workers solar energy industry.
“I would transition away from the oil industry, yes. The oil industry pollutes, significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time. We’re getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time.” – Joe Biden 10/22/20
Mr. Biden has proposed barring new oil-and-gas leases in national parks and on public lands, not a nationwide ban on fracking. Most fracking takes place on state or private land, so a Biden plan would have a limited impact on the practice. Tax reduction [currently, you pay the oil companies’ taxes] can provide the incentive for cleaner burning fuel production.
• The insanity of our government subsidizing — freely giving away our tax dollars — to super profitable industries must stop
• Electing anyone who is not committed to reducing carbon emissions is a form of collective suicide
Transition means transition. It is a matter of survival, and from here on out anybody who successfully runs for president will surely support transition to clean energy. Almost all of our transportation, housing, and manufacturing are powered with fossil fuels. No one [least of all Joe Biden] would or could ‘shut down’ the oil industry in the foreseeable future.
America vs. America (again)
The rest of the world must be on pins & needles about the U.S. presidential election, too. It is a scary and wonderful thing that we manage to do every four years, in peaceful times or when at war.
All across America, direct popular elections empower literally millions of representatives/officials. The one with the most votes gets the job – with the exception of U.S. presidency. Therefore, we hold our breath every four years and wait to see if democracy works. Sometimes it does.
The joke is on Trump. Long after he is gone, the people who he ‘lifted’ out of obscurity into their 15 minutes of fame will still have an audience. Some will repudiate and some will feed off of his cult. But Trump will be the hooker this time, and his former- er… workers will be the Johns.
They are desperate inseed. Less than 2 weeks before The Election and this Ramirez junk — sure to backfire on the presidents lawyer — is featured. Idiotic.
Trump and his broken promises ain’t the scariest part. It’s the tens of millions of Americans that now know exactly what he is and still support him.
I mean, these people aren’t really deplorables, they’re just regular folks we work & interact with every day. And yet they volunteer to be conned by the silliest man alive. Strange days…
Oh that’s good. That’s very good.
Post reporter Sonia Rao writes that the Borat [Sacha Baron Cohen] prank interview with Rudy Giuliani will be in the new Borat movie being released this week.
Supposedly, Rudy — the real Rudy Giuliani — lays back on the bed and puts his hand down his pants. The ’toon possibilities are unlimited!
These people have a real problem when it comes to the obvious. After 218,599 covid deaths and 9 months of expert advice, Trump says over & over; “85% of the people wearing masks catch it.” [ ↩ a lie] “Did you see that yesterday? They came out, what’s that all about?”
Trump still doesn’t know that masks offer protection from the wearer — not to the wearer. What a fool.
The idea that the government can make laws about what goes on inside our own bodies to coerce someone to reproduce against their will is patently ridiculous.
The idea that the government can make laws about what goes on outside our own bodies to coerce someone to observe public safety is common sense good government 101.
Really no surprise. From the time the boy was 13 or 14 he has been hearing the President of the United States support right wing terrorism and ‘2nd Amendment solutions’.
Adults with more than a few elections behind them, elections that feature a wide variety of spin & hyperbole, can usually see through Trump’s shtick — ”Oh, that’s just Trump being Trump. He don’t mean it literally, it’s just to make a point and to own the libs.”
But what of the kids who accord our presidents with the near-sacred ideals of the American experience? At least until they reach maturity, kids don’t have stored reserves of skepticism earned through years of disappointment & empty rhetoric.
People who are in the public eye — be they entertainers, sports stars, or politicians — have a moral obligation to do and say things in the clearest and most understandable way they can. Immature people, whether 17 or 70, have been known to hear that ‘Nazis are fine people’ – and believe it. Presidents who bulls#it too much lose their credibility fast with most of us. With the inexperienced and the idiotic, not so much. Who knows who or what they will shoot up next.