Originally posted by @sonhouse
Apparently their jobs are more important than their lives. And not giving a crap how much coal adds to Earth's pollution levels. China has figured that one out and is wholesale closing coal mines.
"China to close more than 1,000 coal mines in 2016: energy bureau."
"China is the world's top coal consumer but demand has been on the wane as economic
growth slows and the country shifts away from fossil fuels in order to curb pollution. ...
China has a total of 10,760 mines, and 5,600 of them will eventually be required to close
under a policy banning those with an annual output capacity of less than 90,000 tonnes,
the China National Coal Association has estimated."
"As China's Coal Mines Close, Miners Are Becoming Bolder In Voicing Demands"
"The 21st century's Communist leaders are transforming China's economy into a paradise
for consumers, and have ordered inefficient, state-run mines like this one to close.
A dozen workers from the mine fill a tiny room decorated only with a portrait of Chairman Mao.
They're big, brawny men, and working in their hometown mine is the only job they've ever known.
All are employees of Longhua Harbin Coal Company, a subsidiary of China National Coal Group,
the third-largest coal mining company in the world. Longhua has told the mine's 4,000 workers they'll
all be out of a job by year's end. The mine will be shut, wiping out the town's main source of revenue.
Worker Wang Fuxiang says soon they'll become the poorest residents of an already-poor region."
"According to information brochures Longhua distributed to workers, the company is
offering severance equivalent to $500 times the number of years they've worked.
No more pension, no health insurance; just a lump sum of money.
Another worker, 40-year-old Wu Songtao, doesn't know where he's going to find work now."
""This is a dangerous job," he says. "Accidents have killed dozens of workers here.
We've risked our lives for this mine and we earn just enough to afford cabbage.
Now we won't be able to take care of our parents or children.""