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Friday, March 31, 2017

Krugman: Coal Country Is a State of Mind [feedly]

jcase: Apologies for no text on this one -- NYT no longer permits copying text. But there should not be  paywall on the article

I am beginning to think Krugman should give up on politics. One does not have to conjure up a mass "nostalgia" for a vanished past to explain coal/natural gas influence in the West Virginia. It turns out that it does not matter if only 4% of the workforce is related to mining when 15-20% of the state revenue is from a coal and gas severance tax on extracted resources. The tax buys the continued dominion of natural resource industries over state government, which is highly centralized in West Virginia from a 100 year legacy of subordination to coal interests.

Coal Country Is a State of Mind
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/opinion/coal-country-is-a-state-of-mind.html

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