The “Most Important Coal Miners Association” of the United States supports President Joe Biden’s climate plan as long as it includes thousands of new green jobs.
The United Coal Workers’ Organization (UMW) said they will support the plan to get rid of the use of coal and other fossil fuels.
But the condition is that the plan must include a “real energy transition” to provide thousands of new jobs in renewable energy. In addition, investments must be made in technology to make coal cleaner.
Cecil Roberts, head of UMW, said that in any infrastructure plan approved by Congress, it is essential to ensure the jobs of unemployed miners, including the 7,000 coal miners who lost their jobs last year.
Roberts joined the Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He said that Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan must include measures to help coal miners in his state and other states. .
Biden’s plan is a grand plan aimed at repairing the country’s roads, bridges and energy networks, as well as expanding the Internet, promoting electric vehicles and measures to promote solar and wind energy.
Republicans strongly opposed the plan, and they said the plan would lead to substantial tax increases.
The infrastructure plan includes $16 billion to close unused oil and gas wells and clean up abandoned mines that pose a threat to safety and the environment. According to the White House, this will create thousands of jobs.
Conservative Democrat Manchin opposed the plan. Among other things, he wants to keep the coal industry, but to make it cleaner.