Empty train cars sit on the tracks near Dante, Va. Unemployment in this part of Virginia is about twice the statewide rate of 4 percent. Virginia coal production last year dropped 70 percent from its peak, in 1990, and is declining every year.
Empty train cars sit on the tracks near Dante, Va. Unemployment in this part of Virginia is about twice the statewide rate of 4 percent. Virginia coal production last year dropped 70 percent from its peak, in 1990, and is declining every year. Julia Rendleman For the Washington Post
Empty train cars sit on the tracks near Dante, Va. Unemployment in this part of Virginia is about twice the statewide rate of 4 percent. Virginia coal production last year dropped 70 percent from its peak, in 1990, and is declining every year. Julia Rendleman For the Washington Post

Coal industry needs more than political help to make comeback

November 21, 2016 6:19 PM