Selective memory is one of those traits that come with the turf in politics.

The ability to remember some facts while apparently “forgetting” others, especially when they are inconvenient, is not news in the political arena.

However, in recent years government has moved into the realm of selective listening.

We refer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “listening sessions” on the Clean Power Plan in 2013 and last month.

From Oct. 23-Nov. 8, 2013, the EPA solicited input from people across the country on the proposed Clean Power Plan.

Those hearings took place in 11 different locations, but not one of them in a state that generates a high percentage of electricity from coal or even near a region that produces coal.

The only sites on the tour even close to coal mining regions were Philadelphia and Chicago, and that’s a stretch.

We opined on this dodge of coal states on Nov. 10, 2013. At that time, we wrote, “We are not standing with Republicans, or state Democrats, the UMWA, the West Virginia Coal Association, or anyone else on this issue.

“If truth be told, we are also skeptical about coal’s future, never mind who’s in the White House or Congress.”

However, we insisted that avoiding Beckley, Pikeville, Ky., Gilette, Wyo., and Carbondale, Ill. smacks of a total disregard for public discourse on this issue.

Last week, the EPA finally held a public hearing on the Clean Power Plan in coal country, but this time to repeal it. Funny thing is though the two days of hearings in Charleston were the only hearings scheduled in an effort to scrub the plan.

Admittedly, no one likes being on the receiving end of tirades and intense criticism, as this EPA tour would have generated in Boston or San Francisco.

However, it’s always a give and take in the public arena. We’re experts.

We like to think that’s how it’s supposed to work in a democracy. It’s messy sometimes.

Still, that’s how you discern opinion from facts. Sure, facts and figures get gray at times, but you’re obligated to listen to all sides, not just your own.

If every public agency only allows for selective listening we all will eventually be muted, at times.

We appeal to the EPA to schedule another round of hearing in coal country and outside it.

Otherwise, as in 2013 and now, these hearings smack of foregone conclusions, not a good faith effort to gather public input.

Hope the EPA heard that.