Oct. 16, 2013 —
Regardless of who or what is to blame for coal’s decline, the in-your-face reality is that coal mining is not the career of the future.
It is obvious that the historic “boom or bust” economic cycles of coal again strongly have shifted downward, perhaps permanently.
For years, Kentuckians have talked about diversifying the economy to ease our dependence on coal. But coal jobs paid well and no one thought they would ever end.
Bumper stickers and license plates remind us that “coal keeps the lights on” but they don’t tell us for how long.
Hopefully, it will be long enough to train for another job.