Appalachian miners: ‘Forget coal, coal is over’
The ongoing decline coal industry in Kentucky and West Virginia has forced a deep reassessment among workers: “What we’ve been doing is trying to transition into the 21st century and get on past coal.”
Analysis: As situation worsens, policymakers are falling behind
A call for stronger state leadership in Montana and Wyoming to address “the displacement and financial devastation to families and communities” that stands only to worsen.
As coal industry stiffs workers, federal possibilities toward seizing ‘hot goods’
Republican and Democratic administrations alike have interrupted supply chains when companies do not pay employees, precedent that may already “have cleared the path for a nonpartisan, positive reception.”
Staunch support for Canadian government’s proposed rank-and-file protections in shift from fossil fuels
“We are not at war with fossil fuel workers,” said the leader of the national Green Party. "We are not willing to leave any part of Canada or any community behind."
Peabody could move its longtime Navajo workforce into reclamation; instead, it is firing everyone
The company is discarding 295 employees even though Kayenta miners have the very skills needed for required reclamation work, which will take years to complete and require a sizeable workforce.
Commentary: Bounced checks to Kentucky miners underscore Just Transition urgency
Retraining, union jobs, pension-fund integrity and assurances that workers “play a role in shaping the economic transformation as we shift to a zero-emissions economy” are all essential policy pieces.
A playbook in Pennsylvania for redeveloping coal plant sites
“The underlying thrust is to put something back into a community that can return the site to a job-creating place,” said the state’s lead energy official.
24% of Powder River Basin’s coal production is for sale
“The problem in the PRB is there’s too much capacity,” one market expert said. “If we don’t reduce it, we’re bound to see more bankruptcies.”
Commentary: Colorado Town begins to come to terms with shrinking coal economy
“There have been ongoing discussions of how the community will reinvent itself. It’s just a matter of time, one business proprietor told me.”