The local "newspapers" and state politicians, with a few exceptions, continue to blame most of coal's decline on President Obama and the EPA. It's the easy thing to do but it compounds the problem of turning the state around because simply voting "for coal" in the next election will do nothing to change the market . . .
Murray to hold fundraiser for Ted Cruz in Wheeling April 6
The Hill reported earlier today that Robert Murray will be holding a local fundraiser for Ted Cruz on April 6:
Controversial coal executive Robert Murray is planning a fundraiser for Ted Cruz on April 6, though he says he isn’t endorsing the Texas senator for . . .
Here comes that straw man again and it's a lot easier to be critical when you're not in power
Yes, its once again time to attack liberals for arguments they didn't make and then to somehow blame them for the Republican legislature's inability to act. Here's the opening paragraph from this morning's lead . . .
This year's West Virginia legislature is notable for its use of centuries-old ideas in attempting to forge a promising future for the Mountain State. With the passage of labor laws that will take West Virginia back at least half-a-century combined with "Wild West" gun laws and attitudes toward science that predate the 20th . . .
A recent poll on this year's West Virginia primary elections
A new Metro News poll of West Virginia voters shows Trump and Sanders with large leads:
A Metro News West Virginia Poll shows Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders with significant leads among likely presidential primary voters in the state.
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Here we go again
A bankrupt coal company wants to cut off benefits to its miners while at the same time giving huge bonuses to its executives. Doesn't this sound like what happened with Patriot Coal's bankruptcy last year? (I wrote about it here.) Yes, and that's exactly what's happening in the bankruptcy proceedings . . .
Some thoughts on today's moratorium on federal land coal-mining leases
As the Washington Post reported this morning:
The Obama administration on Friday ordered a moratorium on new leases for coal mined from federal lands as part of a sweeping review on the government’s management of vast amounts of taxpayer-owned coal throughout the West.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell . . .