To the editor:
We wouldn’t even be having this conversation if government were not involved in picking winners and losers.
Coal is the most affordable source of electricity and it is clean. Believe me.
That said, my son is a local coal miner with a great wife, a brand new baby daughter and a new home. He has a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry.
How would he possibly make his house payment without the mining job? What could you possibly retrain him for locally and comparably anywhere?
One thousand + solar panel workers just lost their jobs with Solyndra with a half billion dollars in taxpayer backing.
What do we have in abundance locally? Energy. Do people need it? Yes. Can we provide it? Yes. Do we want our children and grandchildren to have move away? No. Ask the grandmas.
The NFIB says that 70 percent of the nation’s small businesses have no plans to hire in the next 12 months — retail shops, etc. I would argue that there are no comparable jobs.
I would further argue that we in Moffat and Routt counties must draw our line in the sand together as partners.
House Bill 10-1365 must be fought with every fiber of our beings, because it’s the right thing to do and we have the moral high ground.
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