A One-Sided ‘War on Coal’

Nate Cohn: “The Obama administration’s proposal Monday to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is already being characterized by Republicans as the latest salvo in a ‘war on coal.'”

“But because Democrats have already suffered significantly over the issue, the worst is just about over.”

“The war on coal hasn’t hurt the Democrats very much in presidential elections. Since 2000 … Democrats have built an alternative path to victory with large margins in diverse, well-educated metropolitan areas … Additional losses in coal country haven’t changed this because the areas don’t have enough voters to make a difference in battleground states.”

“At this point, Democrats don’t have much more to lose by trying to win the war.”


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