Get back to me when you visit Appalachia, talk to real coal miners, and learn the culture and geography. Otherwise, you don’t know what you’re talking about.
I left WV (1981) because a different opportunity opened for me.I can only surmise that coal's position as king has been in jeopardy for at least 20 years.
Plenty of time to have kitchen table discussions
The same labor in a mine is needed in the gas/oil field ... the only thing missing is ....the union.