If you saw the gentleman in the red shirt at the debate last night, well it turns out EPA regulations aren't holding coal production back. According to a new report
, it turns out the natural gas industry is advancing technology at a faster rate than to coal industry. His shirt color choice is unfortunate (Star Trek fans know what I mean), but workers in that industry might find other jobs in clean energy if retraining programs are available. The coal industry should also adopt R&D programs into carbon technology that mirrors the semiconductor industry. We are just in the beginning of the carbon electronics development and it could have a major positive impact on our economy.