Video: What is happening to the coal industry in America?


The American Coal industry has had its six worse weeks ever this year. America’s coal industry is in crisis. Production is down, regulations are increasing and major companies have declared bankruptcy. So what happened to American coal? And what will become of coal communities?

Inside Energy and The Allegheny Front look at the collapse of coal in America in this 30-minute documentary.

What’s Next:

  • Check out Inside Energy’s ongoing coverage of the coal industry in Wyoming and elsewhere.
  • What happens to clean-up costs for coal mines after companies are bankrupt?  We look problems withpaying for clean-up, and the complicated and expensive process of reclamation.
  • Any idea what the production decline in coal SOUNDS like?  We “audioized” the data here.

More In This Series

Coal Watch 2016

Coverage of the coal industry in transition in 2015 and 2016, both spots and features.

Future of Coal

The coal industry in this country is under threat. Since 2012 nearly 60 coal-burning power plants have partially or completely shut down. But the dirty fuel still supplies 40% of our power and is critical, proponents say, to maintaining the reliability of our electricity infrastructure. We want to know: What is the future of coal in the United States?


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