Canaries in the Coal Mine: Some people have watched their fellow Americans on the coasts ride a tech, finance and real estate rocketship, while their mortgages are underwater, their jobs have gone overseas or been automated, and the awareness of their critical value to the country has been systematically diminished. Consider a coal miner from Wyoming or West Virginia. For generations, his family has been powering America; literally providing the fuel that drove ecomomic revolutions. And now, not only is his business shrinking, he’s being told by all the environmentalists, billionaires, and Hollywood types that his industry has been poisoning the world. That his sacrifices, hard work, and health risks (and those of his father and his father) are all part of some historic wrongdoing. You’re worried about climate change? He’s worried about dinner. Does that mean alternative energy is bad. No, it’s the future. But you don’t have to be a complete dick about it.
This is so true. And I do feel for these people because they have been wronged, but by everyone. Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world; and they supply power and other essential goods to the planet and yet they cannot get clean water to drink, because all the coal cleaning waste is dumped into their water supply. I’m guessing Republican policy allowed that. But then too, liberal elites are ridiculously dismissive, in just the manner you described above. It’s just not right.