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WV needs diverse economy to protect it from coal problems

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  • Culture of corruption often fueled by weak economy

    Culture of corruption often fueled by weak economy

    Friday, April 11 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-04-11 18:32:15 GMT
    West Virginia is burdened by a sad tradition of political corruption and graft.
    West Virginia is burdened by a sad tradition of political corruption and graft.
  • Only real change brings lasting prosperity

    Only real change brings lasting prosperity

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-04-04 10:00:15 GMT
    West Virginia's continual exploration and development of natural gas is the gateway to something better.
    West Virginia's continual exploration and development of natural gas is the gateway to something better.
  • Supreme Court inaction should spur in-state action

    Supreme Court inaction should spur in-state action

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-03-28 15:16:18 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week it will not review a case involving the Arch CoalSpruce No. 1 mountaintop removal mine.
    The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week it will not review a case involving the Arch CoalSpruce No. 1 mountaintop removal mine.

The environmental protection agency is expected this week to propose the first ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from newly built power plants. There are justifiable fears by the coal mining industry that this decision would effectively doom construction of new coal plants for the foreseeable future and cripple the industry.

This is just one more salvo in the obama administration's so-called "war on coal." ironically, a report issued last week claimed there is more ice-covered ocean water since last year, but this debate has never been about actual science or hard data. This is pure politics and the fulfillment of an ideology-driven agenda that seeks to put fashion over evidence.

It's clear our state's coal industry is not as robust as it was just a few years ago. Peculiar federal legislation is partly to blame, but there are a number of factors that need to be considered, including geology, competition from cheaper energy sources, economics and a host of other issues. Uncertainty is the order of the day, which is one more reason why our elected leaders need to act and act now. We must find way to diversify our economy and create a west virginia were all business can thrive.