© 2021 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WVPB News

West Virginia Governor-Elect Says He and Trump Discussed Coal Slump

Jim Justice
Chris Tilley
/
AP Photo

West Virginia's incoming Democratic governor says he received a weekend phone call from Republican President-elect Donald to discuss how to revive the slumping coal industry.

Gov.-elect Jim Justice said in a statement that the 15-minute call focused on how the two could cooperate in efforts to put miners back to work.

 

It said Trump "made clear that he won't forget about West Virginia when it comes to our nation's energy policies."

 

Justice didn't immediately disclose any specific steps, and there was no immediate statement from Trump about the call.

Justice also asked both parties in West Virginia's legislature to put aside partisan politics and work jointly on reviving a coal industry that shed thousands of jobs amid competition from low natural gas prices and ongoing pressures to cut smokestack emissions.


WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.