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Last night's debates, media coverage of the "war on coal" and West Virginia's future

While I was writing about last night's West Virginia gubernatorial debate there was another debate going on between the Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates. The statements of Mike Pence and Tim Kaine have been fact-checked here and here and apparently the "war on coal" did play a part in the debate. Here is . . .

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October 05, 2016

Empty promises?

Some additional coverage of Trump's Pittsburgh energy speech

Of course, there were no discouraging words to be found in local reporter and fossil fuel propagandist Casey Junkins' coverage of Donald Trump's speech to the energy conference in Pittsburgh last Thursday. (I wrote about it here.) There were certainly some in the national media, however. Here's a summary of some of those reports.

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September 26, 2016

Explaining the Republican attacks on Hillary

Newsweek examines the Right's strategy in attacking Clinton's "deplorables" and "putting coal miners out of work" speeches

Neil Buchanan writing in Newsweek on Saturday:

Trump and his people are now rolling out the oldest of Republican campaign themes: Find a statement by a Democrat that can be taken out of context, repeat it endlessly and claim to be horrified that Democrats could be so unfeeling, callous, or unpatriotic. Trump is, finally, a true . . .

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September 19, 2016

The locals cover the benefits bill for retired miners

Updated September 9

What is left out of the locals' coverage of the benefit bill for retired miners?

On today's front pages, instead of using the Associated Press' coverage (most recently, here) of the effort to pass legislation for retired miners, the local "newspapers" use an article written by their energy reporter and chief . . .

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September 08, 2016

"After Coal"

A documentary about WV's future?

From the homepage of the documentary "After Coal":

What happens when fossil fuels run out? "After Coal" profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales.

This hour long documentary brings viewers to the front lines of the transition away . . .

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August 15, 2016

Trump and jobs for coal miners

Trump's Monday energy speech

Yesterday's local "newspapers" used an AP report to cover candidate Trump's energy address. Consequently, they missed his comments about reviving the coal industry. (That, or they're saving them for a later editorial.) Other newspapers did cover them. Here is what the Wall Street . . .

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August 10, 2016

Trump and coal

Coal owners, mine inspectors and the cause of bird deaths

On Monday, Donald Trump was on the campaign trail in eastern Pennsylvania talking about coal:

“I have friends that own the mines. I mean, they can’t live,” he said.

Is he talking about Bob Murray. Wow! Who knew?


Trump explained why:

“The restrictions environmentally are so . . .

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August 03, 2016

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