It’s ironic that while politicians and presidential candidates decry the decline of the American middle class, the campaign against coal is costing tens of thousands of high-paying, middle-class jobs. The average pay and benefits for a coal miner is more than $115,000 per year, according to the Colorado Mining Association. The anti-coal crowd justifies these losses in coal jobs with the promise of a transition into work opportunity in green energy. The problem is that solar and wind energy jobs are not materializing at near the rate of losses of coal jobs.
- On April 14, 2016