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A New Day for the Coalfields

Workers:

The United States has 50,000 coal miners and 150,000 workers in oil and gas extraction. Their jobs come and go (see graph), depending on the economy, automation, energy prices and the growth of renewable energy. They bear the brunt of the country's energy cycles. The areas where they live often have few other jobs. They deserve support when they're laid off, temporarily or permanently. If you agree they need support, sign a Petition at coal.newday4.com.

A printable paper, A New Day for the Coalfields, estimates that support for coal workers and communities when they lose jobs will cost about $25 billion over 10 years, or less than 1% of likely revenue from carbon pricing. Administration can be done by existing Workforce Investment Boards or other experienced groups.

$13 Billion for Coal Communities over 10 Years

$12 Billion for Workers over 10 Years, while Mines Are Closing

Source of data: A New Day for the Coalfields

Next Steps:

People can ask their members of Congress to adopt A New Day for the Coalfields, as described on this page, NewDay4.com. Here is a handout for meetings.

This is a draft plan to start discussions, written by people in West Virginia and Indiana. Please send ideas and reactions. Email: coal@yrr.info

 

Effect of carbon fee on prices of coal and natural gas (EIA and CCL fee). Click graph to download spreadsheet.

Effect of carbon fee on sales of fuels, to cut CO2 emissions (REMI pp.9-10) Click graph to download REMI report. This report expected the fee to start in 2016. If it starts 5 years later, the curves will start dropping 5 years later than shown in this graph.

Effect of carbon fee increasing total jobs in each region (REMI pp.7-8) Click graph to download REMI report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Laws

Proposed Bills and Current Laws

(Click for detailed comparison of Deutch, Curbelo and Whitehouse)

Deutch +9 cosponsors and Coons+1

McKinley +1

Delaney +2

Curbelo +1

Larson +20

Whitehouse +1 and Blumenauer +1

Van Hollen and Beyer +36

Sanders +2

McConnell +1 and Rogers +40 and Manchin +5 (RECLAIM)

Sewell +2

Trade Adjust-ment Assis-tance (TAA)

Work­force Innova­tion & Opportu­nity Act (WIOA)

Bill numbers in 2019

HR763

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill numbers in 2018

S3791+ HR7173

HR6819

HR2014

HR6463

HR4209

S1639+ HR3420

S2352+ HR4889

S2398 (2015)

S728+ S738+ HR1731

HR929

19USC 12-II-2

29USC 3174 + 3225

Funded by carbon fee per ton, if any

$15 + $10 /yr fossil CO2e as if burnt, except no fee on well leaks[1]

none

$30 +4%/yr CO2e

$24 +2%/yr over CPI fossil CO2e as if burnt

$49 +2%/year over CPI CO2

$49 +2%/year over CPI CO2 as if burnt

Auction price fossil CO2 as if burnt

none

none

none

 

 

Revenue projected in first 10 years

$3 trillion, REMI[2]

none

 

$1 trillion, Columbia[3]

$2 trillion, EMF[4]

 

 

 

none

none

 

 

Set aside for energy workers

none

$500 million /year

2% for 10 years

2.25%

unknown part of $5 billion /year

unknown part of $10 billion /year

none

$3 billion /year

$200 million /year

none (savings account)

 

 

Health benefits

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

Early retirement

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Training

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

X

X

Relocation expenses

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Extended unemployment benefits

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

Jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Pay Supplement if they take another job

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

Business start-up incubator and seed money

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Commuting expenses if a worker needs to travel far, but not move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job search costs and advice

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Payments to local governments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

House links

hr763/text

hr6819/text

hr2014/text

hr6463/text

hr4209/text

hr3420/text

hr4889/text

summary

hr1731/text

hr929/text

benefits

workers

Senate links

bill-text

 

 

 

 

s1639/text

s...text

s2398/text

s728 + s738

 

law

law

Fossil fuel workers eligible no matter what made their job disappear?

na

N

N

N

Y

Y

na

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Other Sites Discussing the Coal Transition:

report.labor4sustainability.org/ Supports training, finding and creating jobs, including restoring and reusing site, community development and signed agreements.

ilo.org...wcms_432859.pdf ILO guidelines call for investment, incentives, job creation, job upgrading, poverty eradication, safety nets, training, collaboration, energy efficiency and resource efficiency to support more jobs; greener products and services in agriculture, construction, recycling and tourism; help people with price rises; stable government policy to allow adjustment

endowyo.biz/ Wyoming 2018 laws proposed to support: commercial air service, job training, school computer courses, high-speed internet, business incubators and support, especially block chain, and marketing Wyoming products abroad, especially farm products. eesi.org/articles/view/helping-coal-country-thrive-in-a-clean-energy-economy April 2016 webinar resulted in a brief report which voices support for"

 

arc.gov Appalachian Regional Commission supports business development, education and infrastructure

jtalliance.org/ Focuses on contaminated sites, clean production and sustainable economies.

appalachiantransition.org/about Stories and ideas to promote just transition.

JustTransition.com No specific proposals.

labor4sustainability.org/uncategorized/just-transition-just-what-is-it/ Detailed history from 1970s to early 2016. justtransitionfund.org Makes grants to local groups to foster training, new businesses and markets

Local Groups:

maced.org in eastern Kentucky: Loans and training for small businesses, energy efficiency, renewable energy, economic development (e.g. AirBnB training to encourage tourism)

asdevelop.org on borders of KY, OH, TN, VA, WV, supports agriculture

coalfield-development.org in WV offers training and business development

 

Principles Proposed by Three Groups

·       Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing Call for broad, equal, bottom-up participation.

·       Climate Justice Alliance Just Transition Principles Call for federal money, distributed energy, public transit, local food, zero waste, community land rights, peace, restoring ecosystems, local control of the economy. Opposes markets and market approaches to carbon.

·       Indigenous Principles of Just Transition Call for "just pathways" for people to change jobs and leave poverty, federal money, rights for ecosystems and for indigenous communities in their ancestral lands, spirituality, local food, zero waste, and less consumption. Opposes markets for natural resources and carbon, and national laws on food.

 

 

Revenue from HR 763

REMI Fee per Ton of CO2

Billions Revenue, REMI p.32

HR 763 Fee per Ton of CO2

Billions Revenue, interpolated from REMI numbers

Year after Bill Passes

$10

$60

$15

$86

Year 1

$20

$112

$25

$138

Year 2

$30

$164

$35

$190

Year 3

$40

$216

$45

$242

Year 4

$50

$268

$55

$294

Year 5

$60

$320

$65

$335

Year 6

$70

$350

$75

$365

Year 7

$80

$380

$85

$395

Year 8

$90

$410

$95

$425

Year 9

$100

$440

$105

$455

Year 10

$110

$470

 

 

 

 

 

$2,924

TOTAL

 



[1] The words "As if burnt, except no fee on well leaks" do not appear in the Deutch bill; they are based on the following rules in the bill: Fee is paid on gas going into the gas transmission system (9901(f)(3)(A)), not on leakage before then. Fee is based on "use" of the gas, not leaks, even after it enters the transmission system (9901(o)).

On the other hand, imports do pay border adjustment on leaks from wells and storage in other countries (9908((c)(1)(A) "full fuel cycle greenhouse gas emissions" defined in 9901(l) and (t) "fuel's upstream greenhouse gas emissions").

[2] REMI 2014. Nystrom, Scott, and Patrick Luckow. "The Economic, Climate, Fiscal, Power, and Demographic Impact of a National Fee-and-Dividend Carbon Tax ." REMI and Synapse Study, Regional Economic Model Institute, 9 June 2014, eenews.net/assets/2014/06/09/document_cw_01.pdf

[3] Columbia analysis of Curbelo bill: energypolicy.columbia.edu/research/report/emissions-energy-and-economic-implications-curbelo-carbon-tax-proposal

[4] McFarland, James R., et al. “Overview of The EMF 32 Study on U.S. Carbon Tax Scenarios.” Climate Change Economics, vol. 9, no. 1, 20 Mar. 2018, p. 22, worldscientific.com/doi/pdf/10.1142/S201000781840002X