“Can Biden Keep Coal Country From Becoming a ‘Ghost Town’?"
For nearly 60 years, presidents have promised to lift up Appalachia, but many communities remain on the brink.
Opinion: President Biden Stands Up for Kentucky’s Coal Communities
“President Biden’s executive order recognizes what people in the coalfields have known for years—that they sacrificed to grow our nation’s economy, and that they now bear the brunt of changes in global energy markets. This announcement gives us new hope that we can accelerate the just transition to a new economy, an economy that can be more diverse, resilient, sustainable and equitable.”
Virginia Coal Equipment Manufacturer Finds New Market in Clean Energy
With the support of community leaders, the family business is weathering coal’s decline by pivoting to solar storage—and creating jobs in the process.
Opinion: Put Unemployed Miners and Drillers Back to Work in Restoration
“Economic development focusing on restoring the land once miners leave is a natural fit for beleaguered towns suffering the latest bust. Plus, by patching up the torn landscape these communities will help clear the path for other types of economic development, such as tourism or recreation.”
What Biden’s Executive Orders Mean for Wyoming’s Coal Industry
Analysts expect coal’s decline to continue, but the President is taking steps to support communities impacted by this transition.
Colorado Town Partners With Community College to Address Coal Transition
To prepare for its coal plant’s closure, the town of Craig is working with a local community college to train workers—including displaced plant workers—in a range of new sectors.
President Biden Creates Working Group to Support Coal Community Transition
The new working group includes representatives from key federal agencies and will make recommendations to promote economic revitalization in America’s coal communities.
National Economic Transition Coalition Asks Biden to Address Coal Community Needs
Last month, 13 organizations—including the Just Transition Fund and community organizations across the country—outlined the need for a federal coordinating entity and greater funding for transition programs.
How West Virginia Could Become A Model for Renewal Across the Country
With political attention focused on West Virginia, community leaders and national development experts think the state provides a model for how the federal government can promote rural prosperity through investment in broadband, local amenities, and other strategies.