Amid much fanfare, leaders of the West Virginia Democrat Party announced that many of them will go to Washington Aug. 1 to see someone, somewhere to say something about coal.
Senate President Jeff Kessler said their purpose is "to make sure the voices of our state and our people" are heard in Washington.
Meanwhile, the state's two Republican members of Congress, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, co-sponsored two bills to help the industry - the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act and the Energy Consumers Relief Act.
Capito took to the House floor to make the case for West Virginia.
"And to my colleague from Florida, when he stated that he's glad he doesn't live in these areas, guess what? We do," Capito said.
"So it's exceedingly important to us that we do this the right way. And that's why I'm supporting the framework for state regulation that will ensure that coal ash will be used productively."
The day after her speech, the House approved the first bill 265-155.
While state Democratic leaders are planning a trip to Washington, according to state party chairman Larry Puccio, to meet with people they have not yet identified, West Virginia's Republican congressional leaders are getting the job done.
Puccio could not tell reporters who the group will meet with.
But the trip to Washington is a year late. The time to fight the Obama administration's attempt to shut down the coal industry was last year when Democrats convened in Charlotte and wrote the party's platform.
While Puccio and company talked about communication and clout, the fact is that President Obama has turned a deaf ear to West Virginia.
What the state needs is bipartisan support of the bills Capito and McKinley are fighting for, because the national Democratic Party abandoned coal a long time ago.
Democrats' meeting - somewhere, sometime with someone - has the ring of something just for show.