Under attack, coal maintains its political muscle

  • by: ADAM BEAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 8, 2014 - 12:22 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozying up to the industry and slamming President Barack Obama.

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