A story from yesterday’s Alabama Political Reporter demonstrates the fact that even in our current political climate, coal equals jobs is an issue that remains bipartisan.
President of the Alabama AFL-CIO Al Henley and staunch Republican Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh are seen on the same side of an argument. Both are willing to fight for coal mining jobs in Alabama.
In the article, Henley was quoted as saying “We are fighting for our lives because it’s my union members that maintain every coal-fired plant in the state of Alabama and work there everyday.”
Cavanaugh goes on to say, “The thing about coal is that it keeps our utility prices down. Our direct access to coal keeps our prices down in Alabama which makes us able to recruit industry like Mercedes, ThyssenKrupp, and Hyundai.”
But it’s just not a state like Alabama where coal equals jobs; coal is essential to keeping the lights on all across the country. It provides thousands of stable jobs—both inside of the mines and out.
Just a few months ago, we met with two small business owners in Ohio and West Virginia whose livelihoods depend on the survival of the coal-based electricity industry. Take a moment to hear in their own words just how important coal-related jobs are to these business owners and their communities.