By LISA LERER
WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton has a $30 billion plan to help coal country adapt to climate policy.
Clinton says her proposal will protect health benefits for coal miners and their families and help them retrain for new jobs.
The Democratic presidential front-runner says the plan would help coal-dependent communities repurpose old mine sites, attract new economic investment and upgrade their infrastructure and schools.
Clinton ran as a champion of coal when she appealed to blue-collar voters in 2008 in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Her rhetoric has shifted now. In recent weeks, Clinton has argued the U.S. should move away from coal as an energy source. But she says Americans in coal country cannot be left behind in the fight against global warming.
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