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What Paris Agreement? Worker Shortage Impeding Global Coal Production Surge

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h/t be.nice – As global demand for skyrockets, a shortage of coal miners is the biggest impediment the growing coal renaissance.

Coal Mines Struggle From Worker Shortage As Demand Soars Worldwide

WRITTEN BY JAKE KARALEXIS ON MAY 13, 2022. POSTED IN LATEST NEWS

In Benwood, West Virginia, money comes in as coal goes out.

“They can’t mine it fast enough,” said Benwood Economic Development Director Frank Longwell. “That’s how we pay our bills here in the community.” [bold, links added]

Longwell remembers when coal mines were so popular that they were turning away job applicants. You can make $100,000 a year mining coal in Benwood.

But coal miners are going through a hiring shortage, which is hurting production.

“The main complaint that I hear on a daily basis: ‘We need people,’” Longwell said. “Some of the production does get cut back because they don’t have the people.”

Read more: https://climatechangedispatch.com/coal-mines-struggle-from-worker-shortage-as-demand-soars-worldwide/

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