The Coal Vote: Showdown in West Virginia's Midterm Elections

The Coal Vote: Showdown in West Virginia's Midterm Elections

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That’s why Trump is trying to rebuild the Coal Mafia. The Coal business is a Mafia. Work for them or you don’t work.
"coal is coming back" lol sorry man you are wrong
Like it or not, Coal is not going anywhere! Sure jobs will come and go and West Virginia will suffer yet again. But if you live in the US you benefit from coal on a daily basis. Even the retarded ass green hippy yuppies use it without even knowing it.
Whats this guys name the guy with the hat ... he is very knowledgable im sorry to say this but hes about the smartest w virginian i ever heard
I just can't believe Jack schitt Vice news says anymore
Politicians pandering people for their vote.
Someone should enlighten the hillbilly to a fourth option: Vote for a Progressive candidate who would make college tuition free for all individuals with a desire to continue their eduction. Clean Coal is Possible. Call President Trump to make it happen in your district.
It should be illegal to be that coal dumb. These morons ended up voting for Trump because he told them coal was coming back and that he would create lots of coal jobs. Hows that workin out fur ya?
2 ads in a 14min video vice you fucks
This is what all politicians do best, all of them - lie and tell you what you what you want to hear. But the people are really the guilty ones. They are basically lazy and ignorant. They should ignore these politicians and create their own way. My father was a coal miner and died of black lung.
Well first of all Obama is a fool. His purpose was to bring America to it's knee's. Even so West Virginia has only coal to harvest for a living wage. This country has got to come up with a real solution to the problem. To completely distroy west Virginia for the sake of money is out of the question. There are options. All opptions should be explored. West Virginia is a very beautiful state. And it's beauty should be perserved for future generations to come. Coal not only destroys the Earth but destroys people as well. Who wants black lung? And a host of other health problems coal causes. I was born in Montgomery West Virginia in 1960. At 3 my family headed out of state to find a better way of life. Though we never struck it rich, the opportunities were bountiful compared to the reality in West Virginia. Even today the state is mostly made up of very poor people. This has produced an extremely strong society. As they are no strangers to pain and suffering. To poverty. I say save this state. It's worth saving. And the people as well. Find the answer. Coal isn't it.
The people need to look at the coal companies. They decided with Regan to get rid of the unions , close the mines, then lease the coal to non-union mine operators. They invested their money in natural gas. It's cheaper to produce and maintain. The companies were allowed to leave coal communities with ruined land and sick people with no health care. The mountains are being removed ,wells ruined, rivers and streams polluted. Toxic waste storage is in every county. The people need to realize that coal mining is gone. The companies chose to produce gas. Cheaper means more money for them. That's the bottom line.
The sheer number of voters clinging to a world that's already gone by and is never coming back is astonishing to me. Coal's decline is terminal. it's NEVER coming back. Do you hear me? NEVER. Obama didn't kill coal. Natural gas did. Natural gas is cheaper than coal and so is Solar and Wind and SOON Solar and wind will be even cheaper than natural gas. The World these voters are nostalgic for and want to bring back is GONE. it's DEAD. It's NEVER coming back. no matter who you vote for. Politiicans cannot save the coal industry. Welcome to hell: Abandon all hope all ye who enter here. HUMAN LEAGUE - THESE ARE THE DAYS - JOOLS HOLLAND
Why don't talk about those other beast white people running around in the woods ready to take out unsuspecting travelers.
nice reporting & set up
8:35 that brick house on the right is my house and the highway that they are driving on, John Protan Highway, is named after my grandpa
like always whites are destroying something that don't belong to them.
WV has put all their eggs in one basket, relying heavily on coal for too long and failed to diversify the economy in this state. The topography of southern WV doesn't allow for much else other than coal jobs. Most of these places are far removed from urban areas and would be cost prohibitive to make a go of anything else. The politics of this state have been screwed up forever, and it shows. WV has not been well known for a business friendly climate and this has hurt us immensely. I have seen and heard of countless businesses looking to come to WV to start up, only to have them locate elsewhere because of stupid leadership in our state or lack of access to infrastructure. People have to move out of state to find work and they are leaving at a fast pace, which is sad. Make no mistake, our state government has taken advantage of what money was generated from coal, but not in a good way. Instead of looking ahead and investing in WV's future, the money has been squandered and taken out of state. We should be a very rich state with all that has happened here over the years, but it is the opposite. There are some very good people here ready to work at something worthwhile. I don't know what the answers are, but I know coal is not going to be our saving grace. We need  better leadership and a new business plan if we intend on having  a future here and it has to come from people who understand WV and the problems associated with the economy in this state. One thing is for sure, as long as there are people on this earth, she is going to show some scars that will be erased with time, just as civilizations of the past. Just my insignificant, humble opinions.
How can you say there is a war on something when people just don't to buy your product any more. It's simple, utilities in other states and other countries choose other sources. Coal will survive for a while longer while power plants burning it continue to operate, but as they get retired - demand for coal is going down. New energy projects are in renewable sources and natural gas plants. No new coal power plant are being built. No politician can bring something back because he or she can't force other people to want to buy it.

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Coal is extracted from the ground by coal mining, either underground by shaft mining, or at ground level by open pit mining extraction.


Coal is primarily used as a solid fuel to produce electricity and heat through combustion. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tonnes in 2010 The price of coal increased from around $30.00 per short ton in 2000 to around $150.00 per short ton as of September 2008. In early 2015, it was trading near $56/ton.