Woes in VA Coal Fields, Energy Policy Move To Fore in US Senate Race

"COEBURN, Va. — Wearing helmets, headlamps and uniforms streaked with grime, the workers at Paramont Coal sound weary of fighting. They are in the middle of what they call a long-running 'war on coal' that is threatening their livelihood and stoking fury directed at the federal government."

"'When the president said that you can build a coal plant, but it’ll bankrupt you — he did a good job,' said Jack Blanton, 59, a supervisor at the Toms Creek plant, referring to remarks Barack Obama made as a candidate.

There is more than coal burning in America’s coal fields these days, and that anger could have an effect on November’s elections in coal-producing swing states such as Virginia. As coal companies idle mines and lay off workers, energy policy has become a hot topic in the U.S. Senate race between former governors Timothy M. Kaine (D) and George Allen (R)."

Fredrick Kunkle reports for the Washington Post September 23, 2012.


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Source: Wash Post, 09/25/2012