A One-Sided ‘War on Coal’

Nate Cohn: “The Obama administration’s proposal Monday to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is already being characterized by Republicans as the latest salvo in a ‘war on coal.'”

“But because Democrats have already suffered significantly over the issue, the worst is just about over.”

“The war on coal hasn’t hurt the Democrats very much in presidential elections. Since 2000 … Democrats have built an alternative path to victory with large margins in diverse, well-educated metropolitan areas … Additional losses in coal country haven’t changed this because the areas don’t have enough voters to make a difference in battleground states.”

“At this point, Democrats don’t have much more to lose by trying to win the war.”


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  • toody

    It cost Gore West Virginia and the election.

    • grandpatimbo

      Bullshit. Florida and the daddy appointed supreme court cost Gore the election.

  • pitch1934

    It’s high time to recognize that fossil fuel is ruining the world. The scenic beauty of W.V. is being destroyed by mountaintop mining. The air we breathe is getting more polluted by the day. Weather patterns are weird. Let’s get on with green energy and be done with it. BTW, Jeb Bush and the corrupt Florida republicans added by the supreme corrupters of the U.S. (SCOTUS) cost Gore the election.

  • zappa24

    The real “War on Coal” is being waged by natural gas, which has eaten into the demand for coal.

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