The president-elect can support policies that will help coal communities while not running afoul of his party’s platform, Dodson writes.
There may be little the president-elect can do to raise the coal industry from the doldrums.
Coal supporters pleaded with feds to not increase the cost of mining as the Interior Department considers updating coal leasing and royalty programs.
Powder River Basin mines must dig deeper each year, adding to the cost of mining a ton of coal and shrinking operating margins.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's vow to "double down" on efforts to prop up the beleaguered coal industry ignores reality.