Between 2011 and the close of 2016, more than 62,000 U.S. coal miners — nearly half of the coal mining workforce — lost their jobs. This wasn’t just the product of a challenging marketplace. The coal industry was the target of a series of purposeful and carefully-orchestrated regulatory punches from a federal government that wanted to make it more difficult and more expensive to both produce and use coal.
The pain felt in coal country was the same shared in too many American cities and towns that have been on the wrong side of public policy that has crushed community-supporting industries.
- On September 4, 2018