Why U.S. Coal Industry and Its Jobs Are Not Coming Back

James Van Nostrand: “As a candidate, and now as the incoming President of the United States, Trump has embraced the ‘war on coal’ narrative that has been a staple of political discourse in coal-dependent regions of the country for the past several years… It would seem to necessarily follow, then, that ending this ‘war on coal’ by electing a new president would result in a stirring revival of the nation’s coal industry.”

“Unfortunately, that is not likely to happen, and the reasons are straightforward: The economic, political, and geological forces aligned against coal — chief among them the increasing abundance of cheaper, cleaner, U.S.-produced natural gas — dwarf the impact that the federal government’s regulations have had on the coal industry.”

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