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Coal Workers Deserve Green Jobs and a Clean Energy Future

November 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Several weeks ago, I attended a House hearing on “EPA’s Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities.” There were a number of witnesses from coal industries, and the audience was populated mostly by coal workers wearing “End the War on Coal” t-shirts.[read more]

Energy Leveraging: An Explanation for China's Success and the World's Unemployment

December 7, 2012 by Gail Tverberg

If an employer wants to maximize profits, it will want to leverage its use of high-priced energy sources.  From an employer’s point of view, there are basically three kinds of energy, from most to least expensive:Human energyPetroleum energyEverything elseIf an employer wants to keep its costs low, it needs to minimize its use...[read more]