In 2012, more than 3,000 people were employed in coal in Greene County.
More than a third of them would be unemployed by 2017.
In 2012, Greene County Had 3,045 Coal Jobs. “The average employment for coal mining in Greene County decreased by 476 jobs from a peak of 3,045 in 2012 to 2,569 in 2015, according to state Department of Labor and Industry statistics for the last 15 years. Average state coal employment for those years fell from 8,619 to 6,428.” (Staff, “Future Of Coal, Observer-Reporter, 7/31/16)
In 2015, Greene County Had 2,569 Jobs. “The average employment for coal mining in Greene County decreased by 476 jobs from a peak of 3,045 in 2012 to 2,569 in 2015, according to state Department of Labor and Industry statistics for the last 15 years. Average state coal employment for those years fell from 8,619 to 6,428.” (Staff, “Future Of Coal, Observer-Reporter, 7/31/16)
In 2017, Greene County Had 2,016 Coal Jobs. “Greene County had 2,016 coal jobs in 2017, the most of any county in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It also produced the most coal. In 2016, the county voted for Trump with 68 percent of its vote, a 10 percent increase from votes for the previous Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. And with Greene County only adding 12 coal jobs in 2017, and the announced closure of the 4 West Mine, local pro-coal leaders are blaming Trump.” (Ryan Deto, “President Donald Trump Said Coal Miners In Southwestern Pennsylvania Would Be Put Back To Work. One Year Later, Is That Happening?,” The Pittsburgh City Paper, 1/24/18)
Since 2010, 5% of Greene County has left.
Between 2010 And 2017, It’s Estimated That Greene County Pennsylvania Had A -5.0% Population Change. (“Greene County, Pennsylvania,” United States Census Bureau, Accessed 3/28/18)
Cuts to Greene County Schools has led to cuts in science, language and physical education classes.
Fewer Students Have Resulted In Cuts In Programs, Such As “Family And Consumer Science, Foreign Language And Physical Education” At Central Greene. “In Uplinger’s four years at Central Greene, which serves between 40 and 45 percent of its students free or reduced lunch, the district has gone from 169 to 156 teachers. All left through attrition. Financially, the district, which operates on a $34 million operating budget, has been tapping into its reserve fund to balance the budget for many years, Uplinger said. Cuts to programs were mainly made in the electives field, most notably family and consumer science, foreign language and physical education, Uplinger said.” (Stephanie Hacke, “Greene County Dealing With The Dilemma Of Shrinking Schools,” The Herald Standard, 7/24/17)
Sierra Club is blocking economic development in Greene County.
The Sierra Club Keeps A Tally Of Closed Coal-Fired Power Plants “Like Trophies On The Wall.” (Steven Mufson, “Obama’s Effort On Greenhouse Gases Is The Latest Weapon Against King Coal,” The Washington Post, 10/2/15)
The Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal Campaign” Aims To Keep Coal In The Ground. “Keeping coal in the ground in places like Appalachia and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.” (“Beyond Coal About Us,” Sierraclub.org, Accessed 5/5/16)
- Steyer Backs The Sierra Club. “Michael Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York, says ‘coal’s days are numbered,’ and recently announced $30 million in support for the Sierra Club’s goal of eliminating half of all coal plants in the United States by 2017. The donation comes on top of the $50 million he supplied in 2011. Other billionaires such as Nathaniel Simons, Roger Sant, David Gelbaum and Tom Steyer are also funding their efforts.” (Andrew Quinlan, “The Sierra Club Fronts For ‘Green’ Billionaires,” Pittsburge Post-Gazette, 8/16/15)