How McConnell May Have Inadvertently Undercut the Coal Industry

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Coal sits in Norfolk Southern Corp. hopper cars at a rail yard in Bluefield, West Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Southern West Virginia, a rolling mountainscape of coal producing counties, has much ground to make up as money is trickling into Appalachia again -- at least, for now. It begins with a trio of global forces: Chinese production curbs, President Donald Trump's anti-regulatory policies and investor bets that have, over the last year, doubled the market value of publicly traded U.S. coal companies, to $15 billion.

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