Last year, quarterly coal production in the U.S. was at its lowest since 1981 — representing a 23.5 percent fall off over the seven years starting 2008.
The loss of this industry, which has been a way of life for many in places like Appalachia, Wyoming and Montana, has left residents in coal-producing regions without jobs or a clear sense of their future.
This scenario has unfolded before, with a similar loss of a traditional industry. Maine was once a global leader in pulp and paper manufacturing, which seeded boomtown development across the state over the last century. Yet the past five years have seen the closure of five pulp and paper mills — resulting in the loss of more than 2,300 jobs, or 12 percent of its peak employment figures...
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