Natural Gas, Environmental Regulations Hurt US Coal Regions

Many power plants in the United States are using natural gas instead of coal to generate electricity, reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, which scientists say fuel climate change. While this may be good for the environment, for the people in the coal dependent Appalachian mountains of the eastern United States, the decline in coal production threatens their livelihood. 

The Prichard coal mine in Logan County, West Virginia, is still operating. It employs 55 people with jobs …

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