How many of those products from your tech-heavy area provide jobs for middle Americans who have worked manufacturing jobs for generations? Can you point out a large I-Phone factory in, say Indiana? For the most part, high-tech companies everywhere in the US provide good paying engineering jobs but ships the bulk of the jobs to low cost labor countries.
I agree that it would be in the USA's best interest, and in the long-term best interests of West Virginia coal miners and midwestern manufacturing line workers if we encouraged, for example, solar energy and other environmentally friendly technologies. But I also understand the point of view of the West Virginia coal miner that needs to put a meal on his family's table TONIGHT. Workers in this country aren't stupid - they know that they aren't going to get the jobs created by East or West coast software and engineering campuses. It would go against his own best interests for a WV coal miner to vote for a Senator who promised to shut down the mines and subsidize solar energy - nobody is going to build a solar panel plant in the US, let alone southern West Virginia.
Look at another booming industry - automated driving. There's a lot of hardware to be assembled such as radars and cameras. . None of that hardware is assembled in the USA, let alone in West Virginia. I know because I design the machines to make them.