The Collapse of Coal

The Collapse of Coal

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Coal is the official state mineral of Kentucky.


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I worked at black thunder mine. Ive now moved to Texas. Seems like most of these comments are from people who don't have a clue about these coal mines mean to their towns and the people who count on them to make a living. Saying oh well retrain and move on. Its easier said than done....
how are horses growing
in the hunter valley horses die!!!
Unless these ex-coal miners get training and new jobs, they're like a frog in boiling water. With one exception; they've been warned.
Why the hell are we not educating these people for free or reduced tuition on clean energy and environment friendly tech? Hell even NY is now offering free college for everyone as long as you commit to staying in the state for 5 years and make less than 100K! Is it really that hard to start solar panel farms that provide power for millions, wind farms, or factories that produce parts for enviromentally friendly cars and trucks?
I must say that this has reminded me a collapse of the coal mining in the Walbrzych region in Poland. Unfortunately manufacturing jobs were gone at the same time. Eventually the government has to create Special Economic Zone and lower the taxes in the area to attract new businesses. Although many automotive parts producers such as Toyota invested there some people still suffer and cannot recover after this event.
One thing I respect about ilegals is that they risk everything even their lives, leave their families behind, to come to the US to work traveling hundreds or thousands of miles in the process.....and here you have these people who just cry and fell sorry for themselves and refuse to move to another city to look for jobs and instead wait for the jobs to come to them.....pitiful
Infrastructure building could employ thousands of these people but tax cuts have been the priority for congress and there is no money for investment. Public/private partnerships may take up some slack but if there is nobody with money to help repay the investment made then it won't be spent.
We need coal jobs!
Reminds me of here Harlan County Ky.
448 the first truck in the video... used to drive that truck.
The same has happened in the UK, the end of coal mining communities destroyed and our government do not care
How do you plan on making iron and steel without coal? Park your Prius! Yes it was made thanks to coal!
I really love how Google can't answer a simple question so I gotta look through hours bullshit just to find the simple answer to the simple question.
What about the High speed rail industry Manufacturing, Building trains. Bicycle manufacturing..., for the 🌲🇺🇸 Green Crowds. Just saying.
Well if the EPA was shut down we wont regulate industrys would not need to worry about this stuff
Tough to watch in real time how the 4th technology revolution is creating so many opportunities at the same time it is creating so much upheaval. This was a very good reporting, wish you could do a second segment on this topic as an update and maybe this time look at the green tech displacing coal as well as the technologies that might make coal lucrative again.
The future of natural gas is not great once the fracking craze is over.
is it natural gas that is displaceing coal
Stop crying thank god shout all the coal mines down an the bar flys lol wow look at them drunks ur not 22 lol
Wyoming's strip mining operations have been in a boom cycle for a steady 20-30 years, you have to expect the appearance of a bust cycle. The Pacific Coast states want nothing to do with Utah or Wyoming coal, so even of demand was increasing, shipping depots couldn't increase their shipments to China, India, etc. Australia's operations seem to be expanding with a $16 billion project to expand their Queensland coastal shipping ports. If China's demand for coal increases its the Aussies who will likely be the beneficiaries. If these folks haven't saved their cash and looked into retraining for jobs that have a future shame on them, we have had all the notices for years and years that coal is dying. The automakers should have been working on natural gas powered vehicles, as well as power companies building for natural gas, moving from coal.

Coal stock

Coal is extracted from the ground by coal mining, either underground by shaft mining, or at ground level by open pit mining extraction.


Coal is primarily used as a solid fuel to produce electricity and heat through combustion. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tonnes in 2010 The price of coal increased from around $30.00 per short ton in 2000 to around $150.00 per short ton as of September 2008. In early 2015, it was trading near $56/ton.