Despite the vitriol, there's less at stake in the war on coal than we might think - at least in the US where mechanization has reduced the number of workers employed in the sector and where domestic coal consumption is on the decline.
“So what is this fight about? There’s capital invested in coal and coal-related stuff, hiding behind the pretense of caring about the workers. And there’s also ideology, of which more soon. But the war on coal already happened, it had nothing to do with liberals and environmentalists, and coal lost.” In other words, all the talk about war on coal is about roughly 100,000 jobs, at most. The lights will most likely not go out, US unemployment figures will hardly feel the pinch, and we will all be breathing slightly cleaner air.