Voice of the People
State lawmakers need to face the realities of coal
The "war on coal" began decades ago and those responsible for our situation are close to home -- our state lawmakers.
Our schools, our families and our infrastructure were built on revenue from a resource that can no longer meet the needs of this state. The "war on coal" will be "lost" sooner or later; machinery replaces human workers, mining operations devastate land and waterways, burning fossil fuels pollutes our air.
These statements are based on facts known for a long time. However, state leaders are trying to blame others to distract us from noticing their failure to address the real economic dangers caused by continued dependence on the dying coal industry -- unemployment and poverty.
Will we re-elect the same people who have failed to heed clear warnings and who do nothing but hope that coal revenues will mysteriously grow once more? Have any of them even considered a plan for us to survive just in case the "war on coal" is lost?
Before you go to the polls this November, ask our would-be representatives about their contingency plans for the possibility that coal revenue can no longer be counted on to fuel West Virginia.
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