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"The heartland and coal country still matter in this great nation," the industry group Friends of Coal said on its Facebook page. "Your way of life still matters."
Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray said that he expects Trump to "surround himself with the very best people to fix the many problems facing our country" and that Trump "will finally implement a national energy policy whereby all energy sources will compete on a level playing field."
About two-thirds of the students who are from West Virginia wound up working in the state, and only about 10 percent of the out-of-state students did, according to the report.
Eric Bowen, the lead author of the report, said the total number of students graduating from the state's public colleges has been steadily rising, despite an overall downward trend in enrollment across the state.
"As you graduate more and more people, even if the same portion of them move out of the state, you're still increasing the number of educated workers in the entire workforce," Bowen said. "When we looked at this year's cohort, we found that about 2,500 additional graduates were working in West Virginia compared to the previous study."
In an e-mail to Bloomberg BNA, Justice said that, as governor, he would address the environmental problems of coal mining by pushing for more investment in "clean coal" technologies.
The term generally refers to systems that capture planet-warming carbon dioxide and store it permanently underground, and a Justice spokesman told Bloomberg BNA that he was, in fact, referring to carbon capture and sequestration.Justice didn't offer details about how he would attract that investment but indicated that he supports research for unspecified technologies.
In the heyday in the early 50s, the Logan County had nearly 80,000 residents. It remains now only half.
Logan, with its 1700 inhabitants, is one of the cities in the United States that voted most heavily for Donald Trump in the Republican primaries: over 90% of support.
Overall, West Virginia is a Republican stronghold where the Republican candidate has, at last count, a comfortable lead of ten points over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
This important support for Donald Trump is in large part by the economic decline in this county.
Jim Kotcon, chair of the West Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, said the RECLAIM Act is an effort to diversify the economy in coal-producing communities in Appalachia and throughout the United States.
A majority of West Virginians want the focus to be on diversification over protecting the coal industry, according to a new survey.
Meanwhile, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole says he would do both, in an interview for Viewpoint, a political podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
"I'm always going to be out in front of supporting our fossil fuel industries," Cole said. "Those are God-given resources that he chose to put under the ground of the state of West Virginia, and it would be crazy to turn my back on that.
The poll found that 89 percent of registered voters back what is known as the RECLAIM Act.
The proposal would speed up the release of $1 billion from the federal abandoned mine land fund.
The idea behind the proposal is to use the money for reclamation work linked to efforts to diversify the economy of Eastern Kentucky and other areas long tied to coal.
Much the same is true for West Virginia, the epicenter of Appalachian angst. The state's coal industry employed close to 120,000 workers in 1950. By the time John F. Kennedy campaigned against Hubert Humphrey in the state's 1960 primary, the total stood at less than 50,000. After a temporary recovery in the 1970s and another in the first decade of the current century, about 15,000 remain.
Many forces have combined to decimate coal jobs since their mid-20th century peak. According to a 2014 official report from the state government of Kentucky, the principal culprit has been the "automation and mechanization of mining processes, which have improved mining productivity." Another factor is "diminishing reserves of thick and easily accessible coal seams." What remains is "more difficult, labor-intensive, and costly to mine." A 2012 report from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, a think tank in Charleston, W.Va., offers much the same account.