For all the GOP bluster about how great the so-called “free market” is, they may be somewhat disappointed to learn that it does not consider coal the energy of the future. ThinkProgress has an interesting piece on this, which, sadly, most of us already kind of knew. Yep! Sorry, folks, cheap natural gas and renewables are destroying the coal industry. Slowly, perhaps, but yeah, destroying.
This revelation will necessarily disappoint anyone in the Republican base who thinks, or claims to think, that the future lies in coal AND that the “free market” will prove them right. (That is a truly laughable assertion, but plenty of them make it every day.) Good thing Trump’s energy policy “vision” has expanded coal production as its foundation.