Long live irony! A solar-powered coal museum

The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, nestled in the heart of coal country, might seem like an odd place for a solar project. But the solar panels currently being installed on its roof will ultimately save thousands in electricity costs…

“It is a little ironic,” Brandon Robinson, communications director at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, which owns the museum, told WYMT. “But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand. And, of course, coal is still king around here.”

In the 2016 election, 85 percent of Harlan County, where Benham is located, voted for Donald Trump — likely in part because of his promise to bring back coal jobs, a promise that experts say is unrealistic.

Out-of-work coal miners could do lots worse than retraining for jobs in the solar trade. But, then, if you’re gullible enough to believe slogans and promises that matched the silliest, least likely, in the history of American campaigning lies – you’re more inclined to sit in your home town feeling sorry for yourself than get up, stand up, and fight for something better.

Reality TV is no source of legitimate solutions to any of life’s challenges in changing times.

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