Oh I forgot the plan- the UMW will still be mining coal
to ship to China, not to burn here
I’m guessing tha China has plenty of steam coal. Mid-vol metallurgical coal OTOH is an export commodity and we’re sending a lot, if not most, of it overseas now. Look at the coal docks in Norfolk and the ships laying at anchor off of Cape Henry waiting to load.
I sense that the UMW isn’t as heavy in met coal production. Met coal lives in tight little seams that are hard to get at since the big, easy seams have been pretty much mined out (Pittsburgh, Kittanning, etc.). These are little, non-union mines that I have seen in the met coal.
But someone in the industry can correct me if I’m mistaken.