If Americans decide to end the use of coal, seems only fair we commit to retraining folks in Colorado and Utah; the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana; the coal mines throughout Appalachia and those working the first coal basins discovered in 1673 by the Europeans at the edges of the Illinois River*. These are the largest in US**. There's no easy answer to retraining any workforce, especially when the tech future so clearly seduces and dominates our point of view. Education now shifts to new areas of focus for the era the Polish sociologist, Zygmunt Bauman, calls "liquid modernity". To meet the endeavor, we become more mindful of the planetary, employment and artificial intelligence future that is both blessing and curse. To counterbalance any further deterioration of human senses -- meaning the geo-political sense, the human dignity sense and the environmental sensibility -- we start from a new scratch pad where wealth and work decouple.
How can we do better?
I don't have answers, but seek some.
in drawing the tomb for coal, i imagined it placed at the mouth of the last coal shaft mined thinking the miners and the nation deserved a formal place of remembrance.