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Wyoming coal community imagines a new future

by Cooper McKim Jun 3, 2019
The threat of coal plant closures is making Kemmerer, Wyoming, think closely about diversification.
Mayor Tony Tomassi standing on the edge of a small residential community in Kemmerer.
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Why investing in coal companies may not help the people living in coal country

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Jan 11, 2018
When we subsidize coal companies, does that make it back to the people living in coal country? In her reporting for Quartz, economics writer Gwynn Guilford found that the answer may be a loud, resounding “no.” For her article “The…

Canceled coal study means less data on health risks of mountaintop removal

by Jed Kim Aug 22, 2017
The Interior Department is stopping a two-year study on the health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining for people who live nearby. The study was looking at the connection between mining waste and reported increases in heart and lung disease, cancer…

"The grid is in good shape," an Energy Department study draft says

by Adriene Hill and Scott Tong Jul 18, 2017
Are renewable sources reliable? Come down the energy rabbit hole with us.
President Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry at an "Unleashing American Energy" event in June. The Trump administration believes in fossil fuel "dominance."
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A former coal miner's take on the declining industry

by Paulina Velasco Jun 23, 2017
It's a small part of Kentucky's economy, but it plays a big role in politics.
Courtesy of Gary Bentley

Counting up American coal jobs: What's the real total?

by Molly Wood and Scott Tong Jun 15, 2017
Here are the numbers behind the much-discussed coal industry in the U.S.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks with coal miners at the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pennsylvania, in April.
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Big Coal: an unlikely advocate to stay in the Paris climate agreement

by Scott Tong Apr 18, 2017
Senior Trump administration officials cancelled a meeting today to talk about whether the U.S. will stay committed to its emissions targets under the Paris climate agreement. Trump has promised to take the U.S. out of agreement. A surprising group wants…

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Gillette, Wyoming: Industry and politics in coal country

by Eliza Mills and Hayley Hershman Mar 10, 2017
Under a new administration, this extraction-industry town feels revitalized.
Eagle Butte Mine is one of the many open-pit mines that characterize Wyoming and the western mining industry.
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Students in Gillette, Wyoming, discuss a hopeful future

by Hayley Hershman Mar 10, 2017
They cover the night Trump won the election...to the importance of the extraction industry for Wyoming.
The main building on Gillette College's campus.
Gillette College

Wyoming's powerful coal industry is facing a downturn

by Leigh Paterson May 16, 2016
Hundreds have been laid off.
A large surface coal mine near Gillette, Wyoming.
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