We begin the show with a story about the ongoing death of coal, and how coal towns are largely not getting the message. There have been job retraining programs in place in the US since at least 2012 designed to retrain people away from the long-foretold death of the coal industry. Despite this, local programs are struggling to hit 20% enrollment even as coal companies themselves admit there's not going to be a resurgence no matter what Trump does.
- Pennsylvania coal miners are so convinced Trump will bring coal back that they're refusing training in other industries
- Coal is dead; long live the sun
- U.S. energy head seeks help for coal, nuclear power plants
In the next section, the hosts discuss the ongoing transparent corporate takeover of the US Environmental Protection Agency under the despicable Scott Pruitt, and the damage this will due to Americans lives. Also, a related story about pollution deaths being reported by the World Health Organization.
- Trump’s EPA has blocked agency grantees from serving on science advisory panels. Here is what it means
- EPA head Scott Pruitt to fire outside science advisers
In the final section, Saryn and Stefan discuss urban planning and density for the future (and what we can learn from the past) as well as an update on the Kinder Morgan pipeline battle still happening on the west coast.
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