Low-quality newspaper editorials and criticism from politicians aside, the Clean Power Plan does nothing to boost West Virginia's ailing coal industry. However, it's wrong to blame all of the state's coal woes on the Obama administration.
The Power Plus Plan provides funding for programs to assist workers and communities affected by the downturn in the coal industry. It would pour billions of dollars into job training, job creation, economic diversification and other economic efforts in communities that have experienced layoffs due to the declining coal industry. It would also shore up pensions and medical care provided to retired miners.