Joe Manchin, climate hero? New deal helps coal, gas and maybe Earth

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Joe Manchin, climate hero? New deal helps coal, gas and maybe Earth

I started my career in West Virginia, covering floods, coal and corporate exploitation. New investment and hope could bring change, for the state and the planet.

Donald Trump won West Virginia by nearly 42 points in 2016 after promising to stop President Barack Obama’s alleged “war on coal” and bring back the declining coal industry after “a lot of years of horrible abuse.” 

To the shock of almost no one, Trump was unable turn back time, reverse climate change or manufacture demand. The real shock is that because of a deal coalescing in Congress, West Virginia – its identity tied so tightly and sometimes so tragically to coal mining – now could be on the verge of a post-coal energy future.



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