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Joe Biden Suggests Coal Miners Should Learn To Code

Peter Hasson

Former Vice President Joe Biden suggested Monday that displaced coal miners should learn to code.

“Anybody who can go down 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well,” Biden said at a New Hampshire event Monday. He added later: “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”

Biden’s adversarial posture toward the coal industry bears similarities to that of 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who said her administration would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

The former vice president similarly said during the July 31 Democratic debate that there would be no place for fossil fuels — including coal — under his administration.

He also said in September that the country needs “to shut down” all coal-powered plants.

 

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