Coal towns see hope for comeback as Trump ends ‘war’

by Barnini Chakraborty | FOXNEWS  |  published on March 30, 2017

MADISON, W.Va. – In West Virginia’s bucolic Boone County, there are scattered reminders everywhere of better days – a tattered American flag, dusty swing sets and metal chimes blowing in the wind.

A decade ago, this coal community was thriving. It led the nation in mining jobs, had a vibrant economy and was giving back to its people.

Then a wave of environmental regulations hit, along with an overall shift toward other forms of energy. Aimed at cutting out coal in favor of wind and solar, the changes had devastating effects on towns built around the industry.

“It’s been heartbreaking,” Kris Mitchell, director at Boone County Community and Economic Development Corp., told Fox News. “It impacted every level.”

  • Webb

    Hopefully this action by President Trump will bring back some jobs to Coal Country…and reinstate some of the Coal-fired power plants…
    JOBS…as Promised!!

    • Herschel Weintraub

      Natural gas is cheaper than coal today. Other nations are eliminating coal fired power plants. The coal mining jobs will not be back. Trump deceived the miners to get their votes. All a big con job.

      • Webb

        Natural Gas cheaper…I agree.
        As for coal miners jobs coming back neither you nor I have a crystal ball…A promise kept by Trump.
        China, India or other nations can always use Coal…therefore JOBS!
        By the way ask Germany how Wind and Solar worked out…

        • Pete

          Wind generation systems , due to their generators being several hundred feet above ground, have an inordinately high maintenance cost compared to other methods. Cranes large enough to lift a generator half the size of an eighteen wheeler up to three hundred feet in the air do not come cheap.

      • Pete

        Electric devices depend on the production of that electricity with only wind & water being even a remotely economical non carbon generating source.

        “US Energy Information Administration” report, as reported by the New York Times at the end of 2011.

        Cost per Kilowatt Hour were as follows:

        Natural Gas $0.066
        Hydro-electric $0.086
        Coal $0.095
        Solar Photovoltaic $2.11
        Solar Thermal $3.12
        Wind Power $0.099 to $0.12 depending on geographical location.

        At the end of 2016 costs ratios had changed very little

        • Herschel Weintraub

          Your table shoes that coal is nearly twice the cost of natural gas. So coal is on the way out. Solar and wind are getting cheaper as time goes on. When we have large areas of the country with ample wind or sun, why not utilize it to reduce our dependence of fossil fuels. Nobody is saying that solar and wind will replace fossil fuel. But with electric cars and other tech, renewable energy along with oil are all needed.

          • Pete

            Coal is not going away, at least for the next decade or so. When the horrendous maintenance costs associated with the wind generation programs now in use are solved, wind power (without heavy governmental financial intervention) may have a chance to become a major source.

  • justinwachin

    President Obama was going to bring new jobs to the areas harmed by his environmental decrees. Just like the rest of America, these once prosperous communities experienced first hand the economic failure of the Obama policies.

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