Democratic presidential candidate Clinton speaks at a Service Employees International Union roundtable on Home Care at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles

Clinton strays from her roots as coal miner's great granddaughter

Democratic presidential candidate Clinton speaks at a Service Employees International Union roundtable on Home Care at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los AngelesBy Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In her 2008 bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that produced or were reliant on coal. Eight years later, a Reuters review of her recent campaign speeches and policy announcements shows that the great-granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner is now talking about the coal industry in the past tense. The little-noticed shift in rhetoric speaks volumes about how the United States’ energy landscape has changed since Clinton last campaigned in 2008: oil and gas fracking have exploded and cheap natural gas has taken a huge bite out of coal.

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