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Cecil Roberts, sixth-generation coal miner and now the president of United Mine Workers of America, said Wednesday at the National Press Club that shutting down all of the coal plants in the United States would do nothing to make the planet carbon-free when China’s massive use of coal is ongoing.
Roberts said while climate change believers — including the Democrat presidential candidates — want to shut down fossil fuel production, including coal-fired plants that produce electricity, the plan doesn’t take into account global coal production.
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“How are we going to get China with five million coal miners to act on climate change versus 52,000 coal miners in the United State?” Roberts asked.
Roberts said in addition to China’s massive number of coal miners there are two million more in other countries.
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He also said that there are 2,000 coal mines operating around the globe and 1,600 new coal mines are opening.
And the call for the shuttering of all of the coal plants in the U.S. ignores that fact that coal has provided an abundance of affordable electricity for more than 100 years.
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Roberts was a bit on the defensive during his address, citing that the union he heads is “one of the most progressive” in the country and that his organization does not deny climate change exists and supports the reduction of CO2 emissions.
But some of the proposed solutions coming out of Washington and the mouths of politicians are a direct threat to the men and women Roberts represents.
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Roberts said in his prepared remarks:
I speak for those who work in the coal mines today and who only seek to provide a decent, middle-class lifestyle for their families. They are the primary contributors to their local economies and they are proud of what they do and proud of the generations of miners who came before them.
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