Coal country has options. But a long legacy of hope, promises and failure has instilled a political inertia that won’t soon be overcome.
Powder River Basin
Coal and petroleum service sectors look to reclamation, renewables and manufacturing as communities contemplate how to survive a post-extraction economy.
Lax fiscal policy has left states flat-footed as mining declines. So what happens when coal goes away with no promise to return?
The COVID-19 pandemic has hammered healthcare systems in rural populations already struggling with the loss of coal jobs and health coverage.
Coal communities in Wyoming and Appalachia are vital revenue engines for their rural regions, and they both face major downturns with little time to adjust. A new project investigates what the regions can learn from one another.