"The consequences to the coal industry are enormous. In this instance, the federal government is an owner. If they refuse to keep a coal-fired plant open that they own, how can they encourage anyone else to do the same?" said Michael McKenna, a Republican Party strategist who worked on the Trump transition team. "If they allow this lease to be signed, this plant to close, then the rhetoric about coal from the president has been a lie. The administration has an opportunity to do something meaningful here. Words are good. Actions are better."
"Researchers need to be honest with themselves. They are viewed by some significant chunk of people — and usually the same kind of people — as part of the problem," Mr. McKenna said. "That may or may not be deserved, but it is the reality. That affects response rates, drops, and all kinds of problems in survey research in politics."