Trump’s Promise to Revive Coal Thwarted by Falling Demand, Cheaper Alternatives


FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va.—John Hickman was filling out a coal production report about 2½ miles deep in a mountain when his foreman’s voice came over the intercom.

“Stop mining,” the foreman instructed. “Bring the men out.”

It took nearly two hours for Mr. Hickman, a supervisor, and his workers to reach the mouth of the mine last September. There,…

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