As EPA Targets Coal, W.Va. at Crossroads
Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram - Last week, President Barack Obama revealed the final version of his unprecedented plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, and the battle over the future of the nation's electric grid escalated. Read
West Virginia's political leaders have decried the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan since it was first revealed in the summer of 2014.
Once the final rule was officially made public, state and congressional leaders mobilized to advocate for West Virginia coal. Long serving as the base load for U.S. electric generation, coal now finds itself, because it is a carbon-intensive energy source, the target of the Obama administration's climate change initiative.
But the looming threat of the EPA's Clean Power Plan isn't the only problem West Virginia's coal industry has faced in recent years.