From my personal perspective, I see more renewable energy coming into the region. Especially with the Clean Power Plan being pushed by not only the EPA, but also by attorney generals of multiple states.
In the next 20 years, I believe that there is going to be a huge fight from the coal and other non renewable source manufacturers fighting left and right, winning a few here in there while also convincing the general public that they are doing it not only for the country as a whole, but for the local communities that are mining these energy sources. The prices of these natural resources will go up due to the legal battles that the companies will have to face in order to keep doing what they are currently doing, in the belief that if they keep fighting the government, that the price for production of the coal will stay low thanks to not having to reform and update their extraction process. I believe that as time progresses, the people of the information age will start speaking out. As people begin to voice the opposition against the industry, the government will eventually have to stop taking donations from the industry and begin the reform process.
In the next 50 years, I see the area being close to being completely dependent on renewable resources. The majority of the income and jobs will be dependent on the service sector as opposed to the coal corporations and Walmart. Natural conservation will be at the heart of the people and a push for resorts for people to enjoy nature will start to begin to pop up all throughout the region.
Those are my personal opinions on what is going to occur in the near future, with the hope that it will actually head that way, for the sake of the health of the people and nature that surrounds the corporations.
Roewe, Brian. “Statistics on Coal’s Future Driven Home in Appalachia.” National Catholic Reporter. The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company, 11 Nov. 2015. Web. 13 Aug. 2016.