“We are told that the trade off will be worth it (not sure who gets to make that call). ”
“ Similar conditions to this is what the PwC is predicting for the entire country yet economists, apparently not from Appalachia, say it will be worth the trade.”
I have no idea how this article became so popular, you’re missing even the most basic fundamental understanding of why this is happening, as you say, you’re ‘not sure’.
Process automation is not ‘trade’, it’s not a decision made by economists or the government, it’s not a ‘call’.
I’m not saying this article is wrong, I’m saying you haven’t even grasped the fundamental narrative to be able for form a coherent position on this issue.