By All Means, Destroy Coal Mining Jobs

I’m not sure if the above tweet is meant to convey something negative, but I certainly don’t view it as downside. While productivity has grown tremendously, employment in coal has been in decline for a very long time and thank goodness it has!

Coal-mining production and employment over time in the United States.
Coal-mining production and employment over time in the United States. Data aggregated by SourceWatch.

The trend translates to fewer coal-related deaths, both in mining disasters and (later) black lung. The downside here isn’t that fewer people are employed in coal mines, it’s that these people are unemployed. That’s a much better problem than black lung or having lost a working-age parent to a tragic and premature death.

Coal mine tragedies and death over time from the CDC.
Coal mine tragedies and death over time from the CDC.

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