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August 13, 2019 - The Guardian

'Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal

'Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal
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Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty.

The town was at the center of the American labor movement in the early 20th century. At the peak of the coal industry in the 1920’s, about 500,000 miners were union members. As the coal industry declined, so did union membership, and now the town’s local miners’ union, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Local 1440, consists entirely of retired miners. Some in this region are pinning their hopes on alternative solutions, including rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

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