A cursory examination of the evidence, pro and con, has convinced me that global warming is happening, and that humans are partly responsible. But not nearly as responsible as shitlib alarmists like AlGore would have us believe. I don’t mean to get into the thickets of global warming science in this post (accommodation probably would be the more sensible response to GW than wholesale abandonment of fossil fuels), but the topic does pivot my thoughts to The Trumpening, and his heart&mind capture of the White working class.
I have a fondness for the hillbillies of Appalachia. Yeah, they’re poor and fat and wary of outsiders and have their vices and dysfunctions, but they’re generally good-hearted folk, and in the battle for my limited sympathies a run-down White ethnic enclave will have far more of my support than ghetto dindus or Punjab in Bombay. I’m secure enough in my masculinity to keep my loyalties close to home instead of leap-frogging all over the world.
Many “blood and soil” West Virginians work in the coal business. Their livelihoods are threatened by environmental activism. That is a fact no bloviating advocate of wind and solar power can wave away. WV voters have responded to Trump as if he was a savior come to help them in a country that is rapidly disavowing them. The reality, such as it is, of global warming, and of Trump’s popularity with the White working class means he has a rhetorical tightrope to navigate.
If AGW is real and potentially catastrophic, what message should Trump give to West Virginian coal miners? I see four possible angles Trump could take:
- Promise to return their coal mining jobs.
This would work to Trump’s benefit (as well as the benefit of WVians), and it probably won’t hurt Trump much in the general election except among the most zealous anti-AGWers. But it would mean choosing the welfare of coal miners over concerns for the long-term consequences of global warming.
- Tell them coal is a dying industry and they had better find other lines of work.
This is essentially the “screw off” option, and it’s exactly what TheCunt told them to do. It may be “true”, but only because shitlibs have arranged the political landscape to make it true. I don’t recommend this message.
- Offer government largesse to ease their transition away from employment in the coal industry.
Not very “””conservative”””, and won’t play well with the “muh Constitution” cuckwads, but it would be the sympathetic solution that avoids callously throwing the White working class under the bus. And of course there’s the risk that the government aid will be misused, as poor people are wont to do with social welfare. Plus, welfare, however well-intentioned, tends to dispirit Whites receiving it.
- Promise big infrastructure projects in alternative energy sources that will employ WVians.
Nuclear power plants come to mind, as do wind turbine farms and electric car manufacturing plants. Throw in highway construction and you’ve made a lot of former coal miners employable. Yes, this will cost taxpayer money, but the argument here is that a shared commitment to the welfare of Americans and the ease of their suffering takes precedence over “principled” tax cuts. And we might even enjoy the knock-on effects of a reduction in opioid deaths and obesity among our less privileged White brethren.