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The problem with all of Hillary Clinton's plans is that none of them will take off if Republicans sabotage her presidency like they tried to with Obama's. Furthermore, there is no guarantee of success. The revitalization of any community requires the commitment and innovative ideas of the citizens. Each of the towns will be what the citizens want them to be. All Clinton is doing is offering them help to do what they want to do for themselves, but do not necessarily have the know how or resources. Some of the projects have started and sputtered...they just need help, whether it be people with the necessary skills or financial resources.
So yes it has less to do with Hillary than the people themselves.
Regarding coal mining, it has been in a steady decline for decades as the mining companies have to go deeper and deeper for poorer quality and higher cost coal. The final demise will come not so much from Climate Change initiatives and EPA regulations, but rather market conditions. Cheap supplies of natural gas as well as wind and solar will eventually drive coal out of existence.
Christine Todd Whitman, who was EPA administrator during President George W. Bush’s first term said federal regulations aren’t the only reasons coal plants close, “You’ll find nine times out of 10 it is economics." However, when a company announces a shutdown of a coal plant, it’s “better to say you’re closing down because the government made me do it.” Yeah, make the government the scapegoat. That's not leadership.
Across America there are old mining towns and old oil towns and old lumber towns that have seen better days and the only thing barely sustaining them is the retirement incomes of those who chose to stay. The young people so badly needed to revitalize the communities have moved on and in most cases changed careers. On the other hand, there are many more towns that have been revitalized...perhaps much smaller than in their boom days, but nevertheless a good place to live. In my retirement I have driven through many of them. Nice towns off the beaten path.
Coal country communities can decide what course of action they can take. They can put false hope into "making coal great again" and wither on the vine. Or they can stop hating our government and focus on what is needed to keep their communities going. Trump has done them an enormous disservice by playing the blame game (which drives the hate) and giving them false hope.