Despite president Obama's reassurance that coal production is up, folks in Eastern Kentucky only see dark days.
Reports show that 2,100 Kentucky coal miners have lost their jobs this year alone.
"For every coal mining job, three other people have a job dependent on that coal miner for their livelihood. When you lose one coal job you're actually losing four,” said Bill Bissett, President of Kentucky Coal Association.
With poor prospects of finding a good-paying job outside of the coal industry, many people are packing their bags
Many believe the president's current policies in place hinder economic progress here in the mountains.
The Obama administration's "All of the Above" energy plan excludes coal from the equation.
Some say they are open to cleaner alternative energy sources as long as coal is included as a factor in the future of energy.
Many Eastern Kentuckians now hope the government will find a way to protect the environment while protecting the people here in Kentucky.
Folks we talked with say Republicans and Democrats have to work together on the energy issues in order to make any real progress.