Democrat presidential contender Joe Biden said that coal miners can learn how to code, reviving a promotion of retraining blue-collar workers for positions in the technology industry.
On the campaign trail in Derry, New Hampshire, on Dec. 30, Biden said: “Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well.”
“But we dont think of it that way. Even my liberal friends dont think of it that way,” he added.
Biden was talking about the changing economy and the “jobs of the future,” telling the crowd that “six out of 10 jobs today, today, today, require more than a high school degree.”
“Does anybody think that youre going to be able to stay in the middle class in the 20s and 30s of the 21st century without better education? Now brawn is no longer the measure. I come from a family, an area where its coal mining in Scranton,” he said, before making the comment about coal miners learning how to code.
Biden later touted the Obama administration helping Detroit recover, discussing how “anybody who had any talent in terms of technology left” when bankruptcy hit and claiming there was “no one who knew how to turn on the street lights” or “the sewer system.” He said the administration hired a corporation, which hired 54 women and trained them in information technology at the community college.
“I remember telling people and my liberal friends were saying, You cant expect them to know how to do that. Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program for Gods sake. And, by the way, little Sam, I bet he can operate his cell phone better than most of you can,” Biden said.
“So this idea, that people cant do it, well guess what, every single one, when I went out for the graduation, had a job,” he said, with salaries ranging from $49,000 to $102,000.
“Theres 100,000 high-tech manufacturing jobs out there that are going unfilled. Why? No one knows how to run a photovoltaic machine,” he also said.
Better education and access to education can fix that, Biden said.
The Biden campaign didnt immediately return a request for a statement for this story.
Biden has railed against fossil fuels since announcing his presidency, telling a crowd in New Hampshire over the weekend that he wanted to put fossil fuel executives in jail for pollution. He has also said that there shouldnt be any new coal plants created in the UnRead More – Source