Open Letter From A Redneck Who Believes in Climate Crisis

Or, how to bring a blue wave to Coal Country in 2020.

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We’re not stupid. We’re desperate. There is nothing else left for us.

In most West Virginia towns, and indeed throughout most rural areas in the US, there are only one or two companies offering jobs above minimum wage. So they’re the highest sought after jobs. In the town where I grew up, it was a spark plug manufacturer. Literally everyone I knew wanted a job there, had a parent that worked there, or had worked there. The only other real options were retail, and even then those were limited. Everyone cycled through working at the two grocery stores, the one or two gas stations, and the handful of restaurants as they tried to climb a ladder we were all told was there but could never find.

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