Richard Branson: Give Coal Miners Clean Energy Jobs

(www.fortune.com)

Despite President Donald Trump’s promise to revive the coal mining industry, Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, has a different idea: Give American coal miners clean energy jobs instead.

“Coal mining is not the nicest of jobs, and coal mining disappeared in Britain many decades ago, and pretty much every single one of those coal miners went into jobs which were far more pleasant, far less dangerous, far better for their health, and I doubt that there‚Äôs one coal miner that looks back thinking, ‘God, I wish I was down in a coal mine,” Branson first told Yahoo Finance.

Rather, Branson believes creating more wind and solar energy jobs would be “good for the coal miners, good for America, and it would be good for the world.”

“You do need to make it clear that clean energy should have a leg up over dirty energy”.