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    June 17, 2021 | 12:00 PM

    What the American Jobs Plan Means for West Virginia

    As renewable energy technologies like solar and wind have become cost competitive with fossil fuels, demand for coal has waned in the power sector.

    In the US, West Virginia has been ground zero for this transition.

    Coal long has been king in this part of the country, but driven by advances in technology, automation of many jobs, and simple market forces, careers in the sector are in a terminal decline – and communities across West Virginia have been trying to figure out another way forward as jobs disappear.

    The answer cannot be found in the region’s past and the dirty, dangerous coal that propelled its initial growth. Instead, reinvigorating one of America's most beautiful and misunderstood states has everything to do with the future.

    Enter the American Jobs Plan, a far-reaching plan to reimagine and rebuild the US economy with more than $2 trillion in strategic investments over eight years.

    The American Jobs Plan proposes a lot of big investments. In highways and bridges. In public transit and electric vehicle support. In efficient housing and weatherization. In clean energy and an updated grid. And so much more.

    Here’s what all that means for the people of West Virginia:

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