The initiatives that could save our coal communities all require buy-in from the very constituents and organizations that we have waged war with, Dodson writes.
Coal and petroleum service sectors look to reclamation, renewables and manufacturing as communities contemplate how to survive a post-extraction economy.
The unprecedented pinch on electrical power demand due to the economic shutdown has hit coal much harder than other power generation sources.
Decline ripples beyond job losses and bankruptcy filings as support for providers of social services drops amid rising need.
Some local residents call Highway 59 the ‘Coal Miner 500.’ The road between Douglas and Gillette is an artery to the beating heart of the PRB.