Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton may be leading in nationwide polls ahead of the election, but in Appalachian coal country Donald Trump is the clear favorite with locals believing only he can revive the struggling coal-mining industry. Gavino Garay reports.
The small city of Hazard in Kentucky, was once at the center of a booming Appalachian coal industry. Not any more. CAIN BITE "There's nothing etc..." Geraldine Cain is one of many who've lived through the decline. Since its peak in the mid 90s coal production has plummeted, with the loss of thousands of jobs. Locals blame what they call over-regulation by the Obama administration, amid the global push for clean renewable energy. And with an election looming, they don't like the tone of Hillary Clinton. CLINTON BITE Hazard is Trump country. TRUMP BITE (SOUNDBITE) (English) RAY LINDEN, A RECENTLY RETIRED MINER, SAYING: "Yeah, I'm 100 percent for Donald Trump. I think that's the only hope we've got because he said that he will put miners back to work." And Ray Linden is not alone. Trump has campaigned heavily in coal country during the election season, vowing to bring back jobs. LARRY PEARLMAN BITE But whether Donald Trump can restore the lives these miners once enjoyed, is doubtful. The renewable energy industry is forging ahead...and amid pollution and climate change concerns, fossil fuels are increasingly unpopular. But either way, here in coal country, they're pinning hopes on Trump.