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The Coalfields and the Candidates

By Luke Popovich

This picture was worth a thousand words. An Associated Press photo showed Hillary Clinton being confronted during a West Virginia campaign stop by unemployed coal miner Bo Copley and his wife, holding a picture of their young daughters. Copley, tearful and choked up, managed to ask the presumptive heir to President Barack Obama’s anticoal policies, how “you can come in here and tell us you’re going to be our friend” after promising CNN two weeks earlier that she would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business?”

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The Coal Moratorum — Politics Again Masquerading as Policy

By Luke Popovich

Is there a pattern here? Or is it just paranoia? You be the judge.

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Why They Are Angry

By Luke Popovich

If nothing else, the presidential campaigns have proven one important thing: Americans are unhappy with the governing class. Why they are unhappy is in dispute, but that they are unhappy is not.

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The Secret We All Know

By Luke Popovich

With the possible exception of Hillary Clinton’s state department emails, nothing has been less of a secret than President Barack Obama’s desire to demolish his country’s coal industry. But his eagerness to do so wasn’t always so blatant.

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All the President’s Men

By Luke Popovich

The major business news stories of 2015 all featured the decline of the coal industry, as if we didn’t know. Along with the falling fortunes of the oil and gas industry, there have been few glad tidings this holiday season for any in the fossil energy sector, least of all for coal.

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