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Role of Wages of the Common Worker in Oil Prices, Collapse

February 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Wages and Oil Prices

In their book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedof point out the important role falling wages of the common workers played in early collapses. I got to thinking that this might be an issue with our current situation as well, including the low level of oil prices.[read more]

Protecting Workers and Communities During the Clean Energy Transition

February 11, 2015 by Peter Lehner

In some West Virginia and Kentucky counties, coal accounts for up to 40% of the workforce. Yet these coal-dependent counties also have some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the region. As we shift to cleaner sources of energy, we need to help communities make the transition successfully.[read more]

Former Coal Mining CEO Faces Prison Over West Virginia Safety Violations

November 22, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Mining and Safety

The indictment of a former coal mining CEO over safety violations Thursday sent a “strong message,” said the United Mine Workers of America. Don Blankenship faces four criminal counts and up to 31 years in prison for alleged safety violations at mines operated by Massey Energy.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Industry Workforce Requires 'All of the Above' Strategy Too

May 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Jobs Strategy

Energy companies including those operating in various stages of oil and gas development, utilities and other energy-related businesses face an imminent wave of retirements that have many working hard to smooth the transition into a new generation of employees.[read more]