With the government being so heavily focused on coal, it raised the question of how much of the economy actually depends on coal. Turns out that the coal industry contributes to less than 0.3% of the US GDP. The Washington Post made a hilarious comparison that the coal industry employs fewer people than Arby's! Given the employment numbers for the different industries, why does the death of the coal industry seem so detrimental to our economy? Marie mentioned that it might be a localization issue. Coal mines are so localized and concentrated in certain regions that when a they shut down, entire towns go under the economy. When media covers the topic it looks like an economical disaster to the general public. "[It's] interesting to think about the role the media is playing in the way we think about coal...and the power of narrative vs facts", she concluded.