You couldn’t make this stuff up –

The governor of West Virginia Jim Justice has said that US president Donald Trump is “really interested” in his pro-coal proposal to prop-up coal mining in the region, by making payments to local power plants that burn the fossil fuel.

Justice, who has recently spent a “goodly amount of time” meeting one-on-one with Trump, suggested a figure of $15 for every ton of Appalachian coal burnt, although he rejects the notion that his plan amounts to a “bailout” or “subsidy”.

Instead he calls it a matter of national security ‘because terrorists could easily blow up important gas pipelines or derail freight trains shipping coal to the east’.

He believes that Trump’s moves to roll back regulations on the Appalachian coal industry won’t be enough to preserve it alone.

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