In the Heart of Coal Country, Many Reject a ‘War on Coal’

Washington Examiner: “Environmental lawyers are split over whether proposed Environmental Protection Agency limits on carbon emissions from power plants are legal, according to a new survey.”

“The poll of 130 practicing environmental professors and lawyers revealed an equal percentage — 45 percent — thought the regulation was legal as did illegal. Ten percent said they weren’t sure.”

Meanwhile, in the heart of coal country, many are considering transitioning away from coal and abandoning the “war on coal.”

Reuters: “Talk of an economic transition remains difficult in eastern Kentucky, where you can still spot bumper stickers that read ‘Mine Every Lump’ and statues honor coal miners. These are the people Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell says are victims of an Obama administration ‘war on coal.'”

“But while such rhetoric still resonates in Washington, many locals say they have accepted that, this time, the boom-bust coal cycle has settled on bust … Citizens groups are joining local politicians and entrepreneurs to map out a future less dependent on coal.”

“While some residents blame environmental regulations for squeezing the industry, much of the decline is attributed to irreversible economic and technological changes. The best, easiest-to-reach Appalachian coal has already been mined. Cheaper, cleaner natural gas has become abundant, while coal jobs became more automated.”

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