Skip to comments.RICHARD BRANSON: Moving America’s coal miners into clean energy jobs would be good for the world
Posted on 07/17/2017 4:36:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
President Donald Trump has pledged his support to revitalize the coal mining industry and create more jobs through deregulation.
Billionaire serial entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, argues that the U.S. government should take a different approach.
Coal mining is not the nicest of jobs, and coal mining disappeared in Britain many decades ago, and pretty much every single one of those coal miners went into jobs which were far more pleasant, far less dangerous, far better for their health, and I doubt that theres one coal miner that looks back thinking, God, I wish I was down in a coal mine, Branson said in response to a question from Yahoo Finance.
Instead, Branson believes that creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in clean forms of energy such as wind and solar would be good for the coal miners, good for America, and it would be good for the world.
During an earlier panel discussion at the DS Virgin Racing Innovation Summit on Friday to promote the inaugural Formula E ePrix held in Brooklyn this weekend, Branson argued that the Trump administrations approach to energy is the wrong one.
Obviously, whats happened in America, having an administration that put out the most bizarre statement on [the Paris climate agreement] is not good news because you do need governments to set the rules, Branson said. And, you do need to make it clear that clean energy should have a leg up over dirty energy. And you have a government thats not setting proper differentials, thats going to be tricky.
As a result, American cities and companies will have to come forward and step into the breach where the government is lacking, he added.....
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Be nice if Branson succumbed on his first space ship ride
Along with the U.K.'s manufacturing, defense, middle-class, immigration controls, and sovereignty.
Branson should stick to things he knows like doing homo stuff with Dorkbama on his yacht.
FACT: there are necessarily ESSENTIAL jobs that need to be done in this world and thank God we have people willing to do it...
Since when is CO2 a pollutant.
The trees and plants disagree.
This also explains why the Left hates the middle-class. The middle-class doesn't need anything from government and they sure as hell don't want to be poor so they can then depend on government some more. They can't be controlled, which frustrates social planners like Branson.
What about the coal miners? Branson does not mention them because he does not give a crap about them? Good for whose world?
Wikipedia says they were priced out by imports: “Following the limitations to the National Union of Mineworkers’ power, British coal-dependent industries have turned to cheaper imported coal. In 2001, production was exceeded by imports for the first time. In 2014, coal imported was three times the coal mined, despite large resources in the country. In 2009, companies were licensed to extract 125 million tonnes of coal in operating underground mines and 42 million tonnes at opencast locations.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining_in_the_United_Kingdom
Gee, Richard...looks like you're still burning that coal.
Buying it from...who?
Guess not Welsh coal miners. Nothing like externalizing your problems.
How California of you.
I had the same thought. China's been building dozens of coal-fired power plants a year for the last couple decades.
I'm guessing they get a pass because he knows they'll retaliate against his business empire in some way if he criticizes them, and we won't.
What’s his problem? That coal is washed.
He doesn't get out much. Yes, there are people who want to mine coal.
They are paid a living wage to do it. They like doing it. We are energy independent thanks to coal and natural gas. Wind and solar may be fine things, but they can't make us any more energy independent than we already are.
Britain is not the US. Coal mining and usage here is a very different animal than the old Britain to which he refers.
And the energy produced by coal in the US is clean. It’s a lie that coal plants in the US are polluters.
He, like Prince Charles, should STFU about how we run our country and worry more about Londonistan and the Muzzie craphole they are turning their country into.
This from a guy who spelunks in very smelly crevices.
Does this mean that blowhard is hiring?
Try flying your private jet on wind and solar moron.
Britain has depleted most of their major coal mines. If they had any heavy industry remaining, they would have to import it, so what is “gained” here?
Hey Branson, we have rejected the New World Order. Mind your own damn business. Britain is a mess.
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