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GE to cut 12,000 jobs as demand for fossil fuel power stations falls

by Aaron Schrank Dec 7, 2017
General Electric Co. announced today it’s cutting 12,000 jobs in its core power business worldwide, as demand for coal and other fossil fuels softens. It’s the latest move by new CEO John Flannery to cut costs and turn things around at…

There's no giving up on coal in Greene County, Pennsylvania

by Erika Beras Dec 1, 2017
While there's plenty of money for free job training in health care and trucking, local workers pack coal classes instead.
Students sit in a miner training class at a career center in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
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What's to blame for the demise of coal and nuclear plants? Another fossil fuel

by Marielle Segarra Aug 24, 2017
Natural gas plants are less expensive.
Flared natural gas burns off at Apache Corporation's operations at the Deadwood natural gas plant in Garden City, Texas. 
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Trump administration halts study on mining, thanks to proposed budget cuts

by Marielle Segarra Aug 22, 2017
Some studies have shown increased rates of health problems for people who live near these mining sites.
A large mountaintop coal mining operation in West Virginia. 
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Coal under Trump: one miner’s perspective

by Marketplace Contributor Aug 18, 2017
"When somebody has something good to say about you, you’d say, 'You know what? That’s great.'”
Don Stahly, a third-generation coal miner, has been working underground in Colorado's West Elk Mine since 1999. He says he understands his job will not last forever, but is happy with what President Trump is doing to bolster the coal industry.
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Wind power cuts into Nebraska's increasing use of coal

by Marketplace Contributor Aug 8, 2017
Nebraska is the only state in the lower 48 using more coal for generating electricity than it did a decade ago.
 Caterpillar front-loading machinery operates on mounds of coal.
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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.
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What now for climate change in the US?

by Marketplace Contributor Jun 2, 2017
President Trump has withdrawn the U.S from the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Obama administration had ratified it along with 147 other countries back in 2015; it was a landmark deal, with 190 countries agreeing to some of its…

Coal finds Washington allies who cast doubt on its energy rivals

by Scott Tong May 9, 2017
In the words of the president, the so-called “war on coal” is over. One could get that impression on news that coal production ticked up the first quarter, thanks to a cold winter boosting business for all energy. But long-term…

Coal's decline is hitting education budgets, too

by Aaron Schrank Apr 4, 2017
The dramatic downturn in coal and oil prices a couple of years ago may have been good for consumers, but it was very bad news for the economies of many energy-producing states. The consequences are now being particularly felt in…