When Wyoming passed legislation favorable to the budding industry, Dodson writes, the state forgot to require some benefits in return — like jobs or revenue.
The president-elect can support policies that will help coal communities while not running afoul of his party’s platform, Dodson writes.
Natural gas industries in other states and the arithmetic of the Electoral College, Dodson writes, leaves Wyoming coal as a nonissue for the national political parties.
The initiatives that could save our coal communities all require buy-in from the very constituents and organizations that we have waged war with, Dodson writes.
In the wake of contentious presidential debate, Dodson reminisces on a time when politics could be civil.