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Election: coal mining town's fate hangs

Coal-mining town's fate hangs on Election Day

None of the yards have “I’m With Her” signs in this town of 10,000 in Colorado’s northwestern corner. The only Hillary Clinton sign you’ll see suggests she be imprisoned. Pick any controversy, and the folks in Craig can discuss it at length. The private email server. The Clinton Foundation. Benghazi. “She should be in jail,” says Brenda Anderson, a cleaner for the local health clinic. “It seems like the woman gets away with a lot.” But absolutely nothing gets residents here as riled up as a comment Clinton made on March 13 during a town hall discussion. Speaking about climate change, greenhouse gases and renewable energy, Clinton said something the people in Craig can’t forgive: “… we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business …” That comment came during a discussion about the importance of job retraining and helping coal miners learn skills for new jobs because the natural gas boom and efforts to fight climate change already are financially burdening coal mines. At this point, the shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewables seems all but inevitable.

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