Study: Market Forces Play Larger Role Than Regulation in Coal Industry

Oct 12, 2017

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to end the Clean Power Plan is the Trump administration’s latest attempt to support the struggling coal industry. The Department of Energy is also pushing a new way to subsidize coal power. But as Glynis Board reports, a new study suggests that market forces -- not regulations -- will still make more coal power plants in the region vulnerable.

We also examine local-level non-discrimination laws. In early August, the Parkersburg City Council shot down an ordinance that would have protected residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Since then, the city council in Fairmont moved in the opposite direction, reviving their Human Rights Commission. Dave Mistich takes a look at how the situation in Parkersburg played out, and what non-discrimination ordinances mean without those protections on the state level.