The city of Littlecoal, WV was very remote. Documentary filmmaker Joyce Morton had to walk five miles in sweltering July heat just to meet “Granny.”
Granny lived in a ramshackle home beside Main Street…a dirt road.
“This town was booming during the good ol’ coal days,” said Granny. “There was food on the table fer ever’body.”
“And then the coal company your family owned went bust,” prompted Joyce.
“Yep. Hurt us bad. Whole towns died.”
Joyce looked around at the home’s worn out interior. “It must be awful living in poverty.”
“Poverty? squeaked Granny. “Oh, I just keep this place for show. The family bought into renewable energy since then.” She led Joyce into the back yard where electric BMW and Tesla supercars waited. “Let’s get you a ride back to town.”
Joyce just gaped.
“Hope you don’t mind ’em,” said Granny. “Our private helicopter is in the shop.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/10/07/littleton-west-virginia/
Energy Jobs are out there, they just aren’t in coal. Pretending to revive a failing energy industry like coal, with a poor future, seems like throwing good money after bad. What folks in West Virginia have gone through is awful. How about giving them a viable, realistic hope by retraining for a booming energy industry that offers far more jobs than coal? According to EESI, direct and indirect coal jobs amount to over 160 thousand jobs nationwide. That doesn’t leave much for West Virginia’s slice of the pie. Renewable energy jobs currently employ 3.3 million!
It’s the job that matters, not whether its coal or not. Promising to restore the coal industry is nothing less than an empty, false promise.
More and more supercars are going electric or at least hybrid. Here’s what BMW’s offering looks like: