Sunday, April 29, 2018

"We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business"

During the 2016 presidential campaign, I heard repeatedly that Hillary Clinton had callously remarked that in coal country, "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." (I just watched the Anthony Bourdain "West Virginia" episode and saw a W.W. miner using it to explain why Trump had defeated Clinton decisively in West Virginia.)

Well, she did say exactly those words. But when you put them in context, it's a message of empathy and concern for the coal workers:
Look, we have serious economic problems in many parts of our country. And Roland is absolutely right. Instead of dividing people the way Donald Trump does, let's reunite around policies that will bring jobs and opportunities to all these underserved poor communities.

So for example, I'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right?

And we're going to make it clear that we don't want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories.

Now we've got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don't want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.

So whether it's coal country or Indian country or poor urban areas, there is a lot of poverty in America. We have gone backwards. We were moving in the right direction. In the '90s, more people were lifted out of poverty than any time in recent history.

Because of the terrible economic policies of the Bush administration, President Obama was left with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and people fell back into poverty because they lost jobs, they lost homes, they lost opportunities, and hope.

So I am passionate about this, which is why I have put forward specific plans about how we incentivize more jobs, more investment in poor communities, and put people to work.


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